Expect a fast time! Bolt: I'm not going to hold anything back

Published: Saturday | August 17, 2013 Comments 0
Jamaica's Usain Bolt winning his 200 metres semi-final in 20.12 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow yesterday. He has promised to go much faster today. - Ricardo Makyn/StaffPhotographer
Jamaica's Usain Bolt winning his 200 metres semi-final in 20.12 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow yesterday. He has promised to go much faster today. - Ricardo Makyn/StaffPhotographer

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

MOSCOW, Russia:The world's fastest man admitted that he is a bit tired heading into today's final at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, but promised that he will not be holding anything back as he pushes for a historic third straight 200 metres world title.

Bolt, the double Olympic champion and world record holder, eased into the final with a 20.12-second effort, ahead of exuberant South African Anaso Jabodwana, 20.13, whose full-hearted sprint towards the end forced the big Jamaican to re-accelerate for the win, and American Isiah Young, 20.36.

"Every time after the semi-finals of the 200m, I always feel tired but it's all about going home, flushing (massage) out my legs tonight (last night) and getting a good ice bath," Bolt said.

"But I'm definitely going to go out there and run, I'm not going to hold anything back. I'm going to push myself and see how fast I can go," promised Bolt, who also assured that he was not feeling any effects after he accidentally dropped a starting block on his right foot.

No man has ever won three consecutive 200m World titles, in fact, no man has ever won three 200m titles at the World Championships and if Bolt is in fact to trouble the historians, he will have to once again hold off the challenge from someone very close to home.

Like it was in London at the Olympic Games last year, Bolt's main 'concerns' were his own training partners, and with London 2012 silver medallist Yohan Blake expected to be watching from the stands, Bolt will find in Warren Weir another determined challenger to his ambitions.

"You never know who that threat may be," said Bolt. "Everybody is coming out here and everyone is PR-ing (running personal best times), so for me I'm going out there and working my hardest so hopefully it works out."

"I'm never really worried, I'm never worried in a final," Bolt added.

Weir has also been having an impressive championships so far, looking hardly troubled as he, too, easily qualified to the final with a 20.20 second-place finish behind USA's Curtis Mitchell, 19.97, and Jaysuma Saidy Ndure of Norway, 20.33.

Weir is a new creature all together; no longer the skinny athlete who was just happy to be in a final.

He may still be skinny, but the Olympic bronze medallist has big hopes this time around and whatever his realistic chances are, it is clear that he has much greater belief than he did in 2012.

Shades of London

"Last year, it was about being there and anything goes, but this year I want to go higher ... ," said Weir.

The Racers Track Club pair will be joined in the final by another Jamaican, as shades of London 2012's 200m medal triple threat lingers over the pro-Jamaican Russian support here.

Nickel Ashmeade, 20.00, was second to the line behind young British runner Adam Gemili, 19.98, with the Netherland's Churandy Martina third in 20.13. Ashmeade, a finalist in the 100m, is looking for a strong finish and is hopeful that his favourite event will give him something better than a fifth-place finish this time.

"Yes, it is my favourite event and I want to go higher than I did in the 100m, so I'm out there tomorrow (today) to focus on my lane and hopefully everything will fall into place," said Ashmeade.

The men's 200m final will be run today at 11:10 a.m. (Jamaica time).

  • Medal Talty

G S B Total

1. United States 5 9 2 16

2. Russia 5 3 3 11

3. Kenya 3 3 3 9

4. Germany 3 2 1 6

5. Jamaica 3 1 1 5

6. Great Britain . 3 0 0 3

7. Ethiopia 2 2 2 6

8. Ukraine 2 0 1 3

9. Poland 1 2 0 3

10. Czech Republic 1 0 1 2

11. Colombia 1 0 0 1

11. Croatia 1 0 0 1

11. Ireland1 0 0 1

11. New Zealand 1 0 0 1

11. Sweden 1 0 0 1

11. Trinidad 1 0 0 1

17. France 0 2 1 3

18. Ivory Coast 0 2 0 2

19. Canada 0 1 3 4

19. Pr Of China 0 1 3 4

21. Netherlands 0 1 1 2

21. Nigeria 0 1 1 2

23. Botswana 0 1 0 1

23. Hungary 0 1 0 1

23. Italy 0 1 0 1

23. Qatar 0 1 0 1

27. Cuba 0 0 2 2

27. Serbia 0 0 2 2

29. Australia 0 0 1 1

29. Djibouti 0 0 1 1

29. Dominican Rep0 0 1 1

29. Spain 0 0 1 1

29. Estonia 0 0 1 1

29. Japan 0 0 1 1

29. Mexico 0 0 1 1

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