Usain BOLT : “Everybody is in this 100m”

Usain BOLT : “Everybody is in this 100m”

via: diamondleague-brussels.com

The press conference at the Sheraton Hotel was overcrowded when Usain Bolt made his entrance today. Bolt will compete in the 100m next Friday in the Final of the Diamond League competition.
The 100m will be a rematch of the World Championships with World silver medalist Justin Gatlin and four other Moscow finalists at the start.Asked about his motivation to choose the 100m Usain Bolt said : “It is shorter.” Reflecting on his upcoming race he continued : “Initially I would compete in the 200m. But I felt tired after the World Championships. You always have to be careful not to push it too much, because there is always a risk of getting injured. After all, the season has been long. But I’m feeling much better than I did in Zürich. I’ve always run fast here. The fans give me energy and there are a lot of people coming from all over Europe to see me race here. The track is fast and this is a place where I always want to come back. But it will be a hard race because everybody is in it.”

Asked about his plans for 2014 Usain Bolt said that he will discuss that with his team in october after he has taken some time off. But he shared some thoughts about 2014 anyhow. “I will prepare the next season very well. First I encouraged my coach to turn it down a bit. But he convinced me that that is a bad option. You need to continue working hard, reduce the risk to get injured and not having to pick it up from scratch. So in 2014 (with no global championship to come) I will be racing like I did in any other season. The Commonwealth Games ? I’ve never been there before but I’ll leave it up to my coach to decide on my competition program.”

Has Bolt already fixed a date for his retirement ?

“After the 2016 Olympics. That seems to be a good idea, retiring when I’m still on top of my career. But again, if I want to continue to dominate on the track I can’t afford an off season. That is a lesson that I have learned. This wasn’t a perfect season for me. I won but it was not in a Usain Bolt fashion. Now that I’m getting a bit older I know that I have to stay injury free, maintain focus and act responsible.”

Is he still considering a different event ?

“That talk is gone. In the early season the coach wants us to run one or two 400m races but that’s it.”

There is a plan in Belgium to destroy the Baudouin stadium and to build a new stadion, exclusively for football and with no athletics track in it.

“That is ridiculous. I was shocked hearing that. I’ve been here every season and the crowd in Brussels has always given me energy. This is one of the greatest athletics events in the world. You can not throw this away. I enjoy football – I am a Manchester United fan – but track is my life.”

About the possibility to break World recods.

“The 100m World Record is the hardest to break because it is more technical. In the 200m if I can master the bend and stay injury free there is room for improvement. As I said, I will prepare well to race as fast as possible in 2014. And with no championships on my mind I can concentrate on just trying to race as fast as I can.”

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