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From London to Rio, confident Bolt ready to go fast

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 7:55 AMAndre Lowe
Usain Bolt shows his arm with a plaster as he speaks during a press conference ahead of the Muller Anniversary Games in London, on Thursday.

Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports

LONDON, England:
Confident and focused, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says he is fully recovered from a hamstring strain that prematurely ended his campaign at the Jamaican trials and is looking forward to tomorrow’s London Diamond League and the upcoming Rio Olympics with one thing on his mind – to win.

The six-time Olympic gold medal winner also feels it was necessary for a strong message to be sent to drug cheats, in the wake of the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) rejection of the appeal submitted by Russia against the IAAF’s ban of its athletes for the Rio Olympic Games.

Bolt is set to compete in a solid 200m inside the London Olympic Stadium – his first race since withdrawing from the Jamaican trials and his first 200m in almost a year.

“I’m good, I’m good,” he told the world’s media at a pre-meet press conference inside the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London. “My hamstring is good, I went to see the doctor and he worked his magic as always. I’m here to win, there is no doubt about that. Hopefully everything goes as smoothly as I want tomorrow.”

“I’m always excited to compete here, its going to be loud and its going to be energetic, so I look forward to it.”

Bolt, who has returned to full training over the past few days will come up against Nickel Ashmeade, Christophe Lemaitre and Alonso Edwards tomorrow at 3:52pm (Jamaica time) where he says he is looking forward to running a fast time.

“The 200m is my favourite event so I am looking forward to it. I know I am in good shape so I’m excited to go out there. Its my first 200m of the season and I am definitely looking forward to a fast time,” Bolt said.

The big Jamaican was asked to weight in on the news of the morning – CAS’ decision to reject Russia’s appeal against the IAAF’s ban on its athletes for the Rio Olympic Games.

“I have no big reaction to it, its sad but rules are rules. I don’t make the rules so I just have to go along with it. They decide what goes on so … If you cheat I always think it’s a good message to show that if you cheat or go against the rules then serious action will be taken. This scares a lot of people and sends a strong message to let everyone know that you are serious,” Bolt said.