No worries for bullish Bolt
Sprint sensation Usain Bolt is in a confident mood having finally got his season up and running.
The Jamaican pace ace, who had delayed his season opener back in February, took part only in the 4x100 metres but looked impressive as he easily outpaced compatriot and former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell to win the relay by 10 metres in cool, wet conditions.
But he felt he did enough to predict a good season ahead with the London Olympics and his stab at winning back-to-back golds just months away.
“For me, it’s just about execution,” said Bolt, who expects to defend both sprint titles in London.
“I have been working on my start. Last year that eluded me, but I have to work my way through it this season so I am just looking forward to getting that done.
“It was my first run and I am happy I got through,” the 100 and 200 metres Olympic champion and world record holder admitted. “It was a bit chilly with some rain but this is what we are used to in Europe so it is OK.”
The lanky sprinter, who retained his 200 metres world title last year after false starting in the 100 metres final - won by compatriot Johan Blake - insisted his preparations for London are going as planned.
“Everything is coming together,” the 25-year-old added. “We have about 100 days to go before the Olympics so I am just taking my time and working on what I need to.”
While Bolt’s season got off to a winning start, he once again had to share the spotlight with Blake. The 22-year-old sounded a warning of things to come at the London Olympics by running the year’s fastest 100 metres.
The world champion, who teamed with Bolt on the relay, blitzed home in an impressive 9.90 seconds despite an ordinary start to his first 100 metres of the season. It was his also his opening all-out sprint of 2012 and he responded by delivering the first sub 10-second time of the young campaign.
“I didn’t get the best start, but I recovered well,” he said.
“I could have run faster if I had some competition. I am a bit ahead of schedule, but my coach is pulling me back a bit. But everything will work out fine.”