Usain Bolt answered all the questions that had been thrown his way after a poor start to the season, twice running 9.87 to take 100m victory at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.
Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole finished 3rd in 9.92 and Nesta CARTER 7th in 10.08.
Despite the pouring rain that tried but failed to ruin a wonderful night of athletics, Bolt silenced the doubters in his heat, comfortably beating a quality field; he even had the luxury of being able to ease up and still cross the line in 9.87.
In a trackside interview, Bolt spoke about both races:
I felt good. My coach was happy with my transition, I’m feeling happy with my start and my last 50m was good. But in the final I got a really bad start, I kind of lost focus for a minute and I lost my form, but I got it back at the end. So it taught me a lot, these two races.
When asked if he was aiming for a specific time in the 100m Bolt replied:
I wasn’t looking for a specific time but I knew I could have gone faster if I had got the start I wanted. The key thing coming into this race was trying to get everything right on the track. The heats were good, but the finals not so good.
He was then asked what can expect at next’s World Championship, the legend asserted:
Anything is possible in Beijing – it’s all about the effort you put in. I’ve been running fast in training, but it’s easier in training because you’re under no pressure and you can execute well. My coach has been happy with my technique and my work but it’s all about getting race-ready now.