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Bolt left worried! ... says season not going too well

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt capturing the 200 metres in a relatively slow 20.29 seconds at the adidas Grand Prix in New York, yesterday.

NEW YORK, New York:

The world's fastest man seems a bit worried.

A bustling effort followed by a telling grimace and a pedestrian 20.29 seconds on the clock suggest that things are certainly not going according to script for Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt, eleven weeks before the start of the IAAF World Championships.

The triple world record holder and six-time Olympic champion arrived in New York with much fanfare, but left with lots of questions after the latest in a series of uninspiring performances this season saw him bustle to the line without the usual sparkle for a close win at the New York Grand Prix IAAF Diamond League meet at Randall's Island's Icahn Stadium in New York.

It was the same venue that saw him break Asafa Powell's then 100m record with a 9.72 run in 2008 - his last appearance in New York.

The defending double-sprint world champion was a picture of bewilderment as he walked off the track, drawing comparisons to the 2011 season and accepting that he will have to buckle down if he is to return to the top of the podium at this year's World Championships in Beijing set for the back-end of August.

 

YET TO RUN BELOW 20 SECONDS

 

Bolt is yet to run below 20 seconds after three attempts in the 200m. He has registered 10.12 in his lone 100m to date.

"This season isn't going too well. I need to get on top of things and work my way back. I will have to sit with my coach and try and figure out what is going on and work on it, but with this pace, my legacy is going to be in trouble," Bolt assessed. "I have been training so well and then I come to competition and I'm not executing right, that's the thing I'm worried about. I was feeling good, everything was going smoothly, I ran yesterday and my coach was happy, I was happy, but I really don't know what happened today.

"I'm worried about what's happening, and I just need to figure out what's happening this season. I need to buckle down and get everything right," said Bolt.

"I don't think there is anything physical, and my mental game, I already know, is strong. As I said, I felt good, I'm always confident that I'm gong to do well. Today, I got out the blocks and I didn't get going. It's just one of those days, I guess," Bolt said.

His time did come in a headwind of 2.8 miles per second, but Bolt, who insisted he is not too concerned about the time itself, explained that his real problem came in the first 100m of the race when he failed to produce any power, struggled around the curve and lost his drive coming home.

"My curve was horrible; I don't know what happened. I really can't explain, but it was really bad. It was one of the worst turns I've run in my entire life," Bolt added.

Zharnel Hughes, who trains alongside Bolt at the Racers Track Club, was second in the race with a time of 20.32 with Julian Forte crossing the line in third in 20.46.