The Track & Field World Championships are underway in South Korea and Usain Bolt is looking to defend his 100m and 200m titles. With Osafa Powell and Tyson Gay not participating due to injuries Bolt looks like a sure bet to take the gold in both. He qualified for the semifinals of the 100m today, winning his heat with a time of 10.10 seconds. As seems to be the case quite often I wonder what his time would’ve been had he not pulled up and put it in cruise control part of the way through the race.
Never short on confidence, Bolt had this to say afterwards:
“I feel great. I did well. People are going to say what they want but I’ll focus on what I want. Nobody has broken my world record. I’ve worked during the season. I’ve worked it out so that’s why it looked so easy — focus and exercise. I was really happy because I worked hard all season. I finally got it right.”
Lingering back problems slowed Bolt a bit last year and he hasn’t looked like the Usain Bolt we’ve become accustomed to seeing so far this year, yet. A scary thought is that he’s admittedly not in top physical condition and still winning easily like he did today. When he says things like he thinks this is a “comeback season” it’s probably not a good sign for those lining up next to him.
“I’ve said throughout the season that this world championships is going to be the first step in me becoming a legend. You just need to take the first step before you take the second step, which would be the Olympics. A lot of people have said I’m a legend but I don’t look at it like that at the moment but in two years, I’m working on it.”
So the best is yet to come? Yes, I’ll be glued to the TV when Bolt is in the starting blocks next summer in London.