Not worried by Gatlin, says Bolt
NEW YORK, New York:
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt says he has taken note but is not worried about the form of world leader Justin Gatlin, as he gets ready to make his return to the IAAF Diamond League New York Grand Prix at the Icahn Stadium tomorrow.
Gatlin has been dominating the sprints over the last two years and sent a strong warning to the Jamaican superstar, who will be defending 100m and 200m world titles in Beijing this year, after posting times of 9.74 and 19.68 already this season.
Bolt, speaking to reporters at a press conference at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, New York said he is focusing on his 200m race tomorrow and that he is working to be ready in time for the August 22-30 IAAF World Championships.
“Its hard not to see what [Justin] Gatlin is doing, he talks a lot but I never worry. I have 12 weeks to get ready and I’m just working myself into shape, when I get to Beijing I will be ready to go,” said Bolt.
“Competition keeps me going, I live and strive off competition. I look forward to competing against the best, it keeps me motivated,” Bolt added.
Bolt enters tomorrow’s 200m with a modest season best of 20.13, which he registered in his last race at the Ostrava Golden Spikes meet late last month.The Jamaican says he will be looking to go below 20 seconds at today’s Diamond League meet.
“I want to focus on the technique tomorrow but I definitely want to go below 20 seconds,” Bolt said.