Bolt confident for world 100 metres

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Usain Bolt, the  world’s fastest man, predicted yesterday he would retain his  world 100 metres title in Daegu, South Korea, easily this month  provided he gets a decent start.
“If I get a good start…it won’t be a problem for me,” the  lanky Jamaican told Reuters in an interview on the eve of his  25th birthday. “I think I will win with ease. When I get into my  running stride I don’t think anybody can match it, no matter my  shape.”

Usain Bolt

The 100 metres preliminaries take place on the first day of  the championships on Aug. 27 with the final on the following  day. Bolt, whose 2010 season was curtailed because of injury,  starts his 200 metres title defence on Sept 3.

Bolt said his primary aim was to defend his titles.

“There won’t be any records here,” added Bolt who smashed  the world marks in the 100 and 200 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics  and again at the world championships in Berlin in the following  year.

“Just to defend my titles, that is the main aim for me.

“A lot of people will be wanting a fast time so I think 9.7  (seconds) should be good,” he said of the 100 metres.

Bolt’s team mate Asafa Powell is the fastest man this year,  clocking 9.78 seconds in Lausanne in June. His time is a tenth  of a second quicker than anything the world record holder has  managed this season.

“The injury kind of threw me off a lot,” said Bolt. “I  really couldn’t push myself early season because you have to  take it slowly. You can’t really rush back into it.”

Bolt said his biggest problem was his start.

“It was like starting over for me for the start,” the  Jamaican said. “It’s hard to run when you are race rusty so to  me it is just getting back into running.”

Bolt, speaking after showing off his new gold, black and  green Jamaican-coloured running spikes to a group of women  dressed in traditional Korean costume, said his training was  going well and we was ready to run.

“When I came here I felt that emotion,” he said. “When I saw  people cheering for me in the airport I could feel that  championship vibe coming on.”

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