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'I’m not planning to lose at the World Championships' - Bolt

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 7:03 AM
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, the world record holder and Olympic champion in the 100 metres and 200 metres, answers a question during a press conference in a hotel, ahead of competing in the Diamond League athletics meeting at the Olympic Stadium in London today.

LONDON, England:

Usain Bolt has the look of a man with very little concern.

On the eve of his return to the London Olympic Stadium, where he will compete in the 100m at tomorrow’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, Bolt – the six time Olympic champion, made it clear that had no fear of losing at next month’s World Championships in Beijing, while noting that he is anticipating a positive performance here.

It doesn’t seem to matter to him that American Justin Gatlin has been the dominant force in the sprints, leading the world with a season best of 9.74 and an unbeaten streak nearing 30 wins; or that Bolt has only one 100m race to date and had to withdraw from two Diamond League commitments due to an injury concern; or that he has not ran under 9.90 since the 2013 World Championships.  

 

Usain Bolt number one spot

“I’m not planning to lose at the World Championships,” Bolt affirmed when asked whether or not a win for Gatlin, who had been previously banned for doping would be bad for the sport.

“I never doubt myself, I look forward to competition,” added Bolt, the reigning Olympics and World Championships double sprint champion. “Beijing is a month away, I am focused on taking it a step at a time. I have been training well and pushing myself and if I execute well I know I will run fast.”

 

Bolt on competing

The Jamaican is entered alongside fellow Jamaicans Nesta Carter and Kemar Bailey-Cole, as well as Americans Mike Rodgers and Ryan Bailey, with Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut adding to a pretty solid field.

 

Usain Bolt on confidence

“I need to get my execution right, most of my races have been really poor so if I get a good execution, then the time will definitely come,” said Bolt, underlining the his focus tomorrow is to put together a good race rather than post a fast time.