Jamaican world and Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt said on Wednesday (18 May) that he was recovering well from a hamstring issue and feels confident he will improve his form as he sets his sights on the Olympic Games, in Rio De Janeiro.
“This is my first race all season for me, I haven’t done any competitive running, so for me, I’m just happy to be on track and I know the more I run, the better I get, so I’m happy that I actually started earlier this year and I’m on the right track and that’s all I can pretty much say about me,” said Bolt, referring to his first race of the season at the Cayman Islands on Saturday (14 May).
Bolt said he was in much better shape ahead of the race in the Czech city of Ostrava, where the Jamaican is set to run the 100m against decathlete Ashton Eaton.
“I had a tight hamstring after the last race and I went to see the doctor and he sorted out all the problems so I’m feeling pretty good right now. My hamstring is feeling a lot better so I trained today and everything was better,” he said.
The charismatic sprinter said he would aim to eventually run under 19 seconds in the 200-metres event, eyeing a quick time at the summer Olympics in Rio.
“I think for me, I always say anything is possible – that’s my motto… I’m going to be trying to go under 19 seconds, so that’s what I’m really focused on, sorry to say not the 100 meters. I really want to run sub-19 (seconds) so that’s my focus right now,” he said.
Bolt is looking to set an unprecedented Olympic “threepeat” in the summer, having already secured the 100m, 200m, 4x100m golds at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012.