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#ReturnToLondon: 9.8 seconds - Bolt predicts winning time at London 2017, gives De Grasse advice after injury

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Usain Bolt (centre) signs autographs for fans outside the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London on Wednesday. - Ricardo Makyn Photo

Andre Lowe, Sports Editor

LONDON, England:
9.8 seconds.

That's the time Usain Bolt thinks he will have to run if he is to defend his 100m title at the World Championships in London.

Bolt gets his final campaign underway at 8:20 p.m. (2:20 p.m Jamaica time) and the sprinting superstar says he can't wait to get on the track.

Speaking to the RJRGleaner Communications Group on the eve of the championship, Bolt predicted the winning time, while expressing his excitement ahead of the start of the event.

"I'm excited, I can't wait to get out there," Bolt said. 
"I think it will have to be 9.8 seconds low, perhaps the same time it took me to win at the Olympics," Bolt said when quizzed about the time he thinks it will take to win gold on Saturday. "I think it will take the same time to win here or close to that."

Bolt won the Rio Olympic gold medal in 9.81 seconds to finish ahead of Justin Gatlin, 9.89 and Andre De Grasse, 9.91.

De Grasse will miss the much anticipated clash with Bolt after sustaining a hamstring injury in training on Monday.

Bolt, who said he did not wish to comment directly on De Grasse's injury, did offer a word of advice for the young Canadian sprinter.

"It's always about listening to your coach and taking the doctor's advice and taking your time to recuperate while working as hard as possible to get over the injury because sometimes when you rush it it only makes things worse," said Bolt, who of course has had to deal with a number of well publicised injuries throughout his career.

"I hope that he takes heed, takes his time to heal and hopefully everything goes smoothly so that he can get back on track next season," Bolt added.