Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
With just two weeks to go before he looks to repeat his triple gold medal feat, double world-record holder Usain Bolt can hardly wait to get his London Olympic campaign off and running.
Bolt, who arrived in Birmingham for Jamaica’s pre-Olympic training camp days ago with uncertainty about his fitness following back-to-back defeats to training partner Yohan Blake, says his training has been going well since addressing his injury problems and he is ready to defend his titles in London.
The 25 year-old, was recently declared “good to go” by his agent Ricky Simms after his latest visit to noted sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.
With a popcorn in his hand after watching the movie ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’ along with other members of the Jamaican team, Bolt told The Gleaner, “I am definitely confident that I can do what I did (in Beijing).”
“I got checked out and it’s alright, I am happy with where it’s at,” Bolt added in his first interview since arriving in Birmingham.
“I’m training hard and looking forward to the start of the Olympics.”
With a crowd of locals braving chilly conditions outside the Cineworld Cinema along Birmingham’s Broad Street just to get a glimpse of the ‘World’s fastest man’, Bolt expressed delight at the reception that he has received in England’s second largest city, particularly given yesterday’s improved weather conditions.
“Everything has been going really well, no worries, I am really enjoying the camp,” said Bolt.
There has been more sunshine than rain these days so that’s a good thing,” he laughed.
BOLT'S BEIJING BLAST
New world record in the 100m (9.69)
New world record in the 200m (19.30)
Member Jamaican 4x100m relay team with record (37.10 )
* A year later at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, the Jamaican bettered his own marks, setting 9.58 in the 100m before carving out a 19.19 run in the 200m.
*He was disqualified for a false start in the 100m at last year’s IAAF World Championships in athletics in Daegu, South Korea but redeemed himself with a 19.40 run to retain his 200m gold medal before helping to lower the 4x100m mark to 37.04.