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Usain Bolt: The Bolt show is ready

05-30-2012 15:51 BJT

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One of Rome's most famous shopping areas was transformed on Tuesday, into a glamorous track and field racetrack as the city prepares to play host to the latest stop of the IAAF Diamond League. Jamaica's Usain Bolt helped kick off the event, and as CCTV correspondent Fintan Monaghan reports, the world’s fastest man is ready to put on a show after a surprisingly pedestrian performance at his last meet in the Czech Republic.

The world record holder took to the Via Condotti shopping avenue in Rome on Tuesday, to stretch his legs - and fire a starting pistol - ahead of the main event, Thursday's Diamond League athletics meeting.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt gestures before a news conference in Rome May 29, 2012.
Bolt will be competing in the 100 meters event at the Golden Gala World Challenge
Rome meeting on Thursday.

Bolt, who is setting the current 100m world record of 9.58 seconds at the 2009 world championships in Berlin and he knows there are expectations on him to go even lower.

Usain Bolt, 100 WR Holder, said, "I am definitely looking forward to compete on that track but I have said over the years that people are really looking forward for me to run 9.4. I would love to, but as you can see athletes have bad days and I hope I don't have a bad day on that day, and so I am always focused, and I am always ready. For the championship, I always turn up and I always run fast, so I am looking forward to just going there and I so my best. As long as I am fit and I am ready, anything is possible."

Despite winning a recent meet in Ostrava, his pedestrian time of 10.04 seconds in the final, has many wondering if Bolt is in top shape. The Jamaican superstar though, insists his focus remains on London and that this result is nothing to worry about.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt spins at a deejay console during a children's race
in front of Spain Square in Rome May 29, 2012.

Bolt also said, "For me it's never a problem. I never stress over things like this. I think I've gone through so much and through so many things that even if I lose every race leading up to the Olympics, it won't even bother me because I know that I have one focus. And that's just to go to the Olympics and do great things. And I am confident in myself and my coach that we can put together the program and the work we need to be a champion."

At the Stadio Olimpico, Bolt will face former world record-holder Asafa Powell and French standout Christophe Lemaitre.

The same trio ran in this meet last year, when Bolt made his season debut with a narrow win over Powell in 9.91 seconds.

Bolt will also compete in a Diamond League meet in Oslo, Norway, on June 7 before returning to Jamaica for national trials where he has confirmed he will run the 100 and 200 meters.

The fastest man on earth then plans to return to Europe for a 200-meter-race in Monaco on July 20, his last race before the Olympics start one week later.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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