Usain Bolt admitted he will have little chance of winning another world championship title unless he sorts out his lethargic start despite storming to victory at the London Diamond League on Friday.
The Jamaican star also insisted there was still room for improvement despite returning to somewhere near his explosive best when winning the 100m at the Olympic Stadium.
The fastest man on the planet, and athletics’ greatest entertainer, gave his rivals a decent start before he produced a show-stopping performance as he dashed to victory in 9.85 seconds, the season’s best.
But Bolt admits he needs to put things right quickly before taking his place in the world championships in Moscow next month.
“If I start like that in the world championships I will probably finish fifth,” said Bolt. “I need to work with my coach and figure out how to be more explosive out of the blocks and not so slow. But my coach tells me I am not a good starter anyway and just to focus on my running.
“I am not worried because my mind set is always different and better come major championships. Maybe I will be back to my fastest and best by Moscow.”
Bolt has taken his time this year returning to the kind of form which has won him six Olympic gold medals and that magnificent treble in east London twelve months ago.
But, with rivals Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell out of the running due to a doping controversy, Bolt looks to be peaking at the right time.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2013.
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