Only two weeks ago Usain Bolt, the Olympic champion and world record holder over 100m and 200m, was criticised for a ‘sluggish’ performance in Ostrava. The critics argued that with only two months until the Olympics the Jamaican looked far from his best. The latter part of that sentence was true as Bolt ran 10.04s, but they overlooked a distinctly important factor – he still won.
Since then Bolt has firmly silenced those critics after he raced in Rome and Oslo. Last week in Rome, he set the fastest time of the season with a rapid 9.76s. Tonight, he ran 9.79s with compatriot Asafa Powell finishing second in a season’s best of 9.85s. The crowds flocked in numbers as the Oslo track is famed for its speed – Powell himself set the current stadium record of 9.72s two years ago.
For now, Bolt is happy with his Olympics preparation. After Rome he said, “People expect me to do well all the time but I expect a lot of myself also, so it is not a pressure for me. I came out tonight not to prove anything to the world but to tell myself I’ve still got it, and I’m working my way from here.”
With six weeks to go until London 2012, rest assured that Usain Bolt is firing on all cylinders. On Sunday 5th August, Bolt may very well become the first man on the planet to crack 100m in under 9.5s and the world cannot wait to witness it.