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JAAA boss backs Bolt

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 6:00 AMShayne Fairman
Usain Bolt
Dr Warren Blake
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President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Dr Warren Blake is confident that sprint megastar Usain Bolt will leave his recent poor form behind and strike gold at the August 22-30 IAAF World Championships in China.

Alarm bells have been ringing since a below-par 200-metre effort by the world's fastest man at a Diamond League meet in New York last weekend with fans questioning the readiness - physical and mental - of Bolt to defend his 100 and 200 metres titles at Beijing 2015.

BLAKE not concerned

But president Blake says he has heard such scepticism before, and told The Gleaner on Wednesday, following the launch of the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Championships, that he's not too concerned.

"Once Usain settles down and starts training really hard, then he will be unbeatable come Beijing," Blake theorised.

After all, it was at Beijing Bird's Nest Stadium in 2008 that the tall Jamaican shocked the world and rewrote history with his first Olympic sprint double clocking world records of 9.69 and 19.30 over 100 and 200m, respectively.

By his standards, Bolt's 20.29 New York run would appear pedestrian, but Blake is far from concerned.

"I remember in 2012 when he (Bolt) was beaten at our national trials, and people were speculating that he was gonna be beaten in London (Olympics)," Blake recalled.

"Usain buckled down and started to train hard, and with an expert coach like (Glen) Mills guiding him ... he was unbeatable in London, and I expect the same thing to happen again," reasoned the JAAA boss.

Blake said Jamaica will have one of the fittest teams in Beijing.

"I think we will have the fittest crop of athletes at Beijing because we have talented coaches, we have talented athletes, and with the combination working together under the administrative guidance of the JAAA, I think we will do very well," he stressed.