Beaten Usain Bolt has point to prove
If Usain Bolt wasn’t already heading to London with doubts surrounding his form he certainly is now following his latest setback against Yohan Blake.
For the second time in three days the double world record holder was forced to settle for silver at the Jamaican Olympic trials, Blake backing up his emphatic win in the 100 metres with an even more impressive performance in the 200 metres.
‘The Beast’ gobbled up Bolt down the stretch before holding him off in the closing meters, clocking a blistering time of 19.80 seconds and leaving yet more people wondering just what’s wrong with the world’s fastest man a month out from the summer showpiece.
However, like on Saturday, Bolt refused to panic but did warn the defeats would only motivate him more to defend his 100 and 200m titles in London.
“Definitely [I have something to prove],” said Bolt, who qualified for the Olympics with a time of 19.83.
"I’m the Olympic champion so I have to show the world I am still the best. It’s not like I was blown away, I know what I need to do to get it right. I just have to get my stuff together.
“It’s all about putting in the work. I need to figure out what I did wrong and just work on that.” Bolt will certainly have plenty to occupy his time in the next four weeks before he settles into the blocks in London.
His coach Glen Mills confirmed earlier in the week that the lanky sprinter was not 100 per cent fit and it became obvious throughout the trials he needs to spend time on his starts.
“I’m a little bit weak but I have a few more weeks to get myself back into shape,” the 25-year-old added.
“I’m not far off, I know I can get it done, I’m not worried. Everyone is talking about Yohan Blake and he is proving himself as one of the greatest, but for me it is just going back to training and work on what I need to work on and get it done.
“I can never be discouraged. I’m never worried until my coach gets worried and my coach is not worried.”