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#RioGoldRush: Bolt - 'I am ready. I am excited. I am nervous ...'

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 8:26 PM
Usain Bolt

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Usain Bolt sounded an ominous warning to any of his rivals who may be harboring thoughts of spoiling his party as he seeks to win an unprecedented Olympic ‘triple-triple’.

Bolt is seeking to create more history by becoming the first athlete to win the 100m, 200m and 4X100m at three consecutive Olympic Games, having claimed all three at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.

He already has the Rio 2016 title in 100m in the bag following his 9.81 seconds win in Sunday’s final and is now focused on his preferred event, the 200m.

“I am ready. I am excited. I am nervous at the same time, but I am ready,” Bolt said following his opening round 20.28 clocking to win his heat of the half-lap event.

“I am really looking forward to this one; it means a lot more to me, so I am pumped up for this one.”

Bolt further revealed that all celebrations have been placed on hold, as it is all about taking care of business.

“No celebration; you just take the congrats from all your friends and your fans and just move on and that’s pretty much what I did,” Bolt said.

Bolt will need the help of his teammates in the 4X100m to secure the hat-trick and his Racers club mate, Yohan Blake, is all too eager to render assistance.

“I love running, love competition and it is always good being up there with the big guys. And Usain (Bolt) is chasing immortality and chasing a piece of history, so it is going to be exciting,” Blake said.

Blake is working his way back to the top after suffering major injuries in the past two seasons with the latest coming in July 2014 when  his hamstring ripped off his pelvis bone at the 60-meter mark at a race in Glasgow, Scotland.

The injury robbed him of the remainder of the 2014 season and most of 2015 and also threatened to steal his faith in God.

“I lost faith in God and that’s what hurt me the most, so I gained back my faith and went and retrained and refocused and that’s what keeping me alive today,” Blake said.

Blake finished just outside the medals in the 100m final after placing fourth in a season best SB of 9.93 seconds. But after comfortably clocking a SB 20.13 to place second in his 200m heat he will be hoping for at least another silver medal in the final, as he managed in 2012.

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com