Bolt winning race against time to peak for London

Usain Bolt says he is over his
early season setbacks and running into form at the right time to
sign off his career with two more gold medals at next month’s
world athletics championships in London.

Bolt laboured to a 10.06 seconds 100 metres victory in the
Czech Republic last month and immediately travelled to see his
doctor German Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt for some treatment
on the back issues that have troubled him for years.

The Jamaican world record holder will test his treated back
in Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Monaco, which will be his
last outing before he defends his 100m title and then goes in
the 4x100m relay in the world championships.

“I’m feeling good,” Bolt told a Monaco news conference on
Wednesday, before explaining how the death in a motorcycle
accident in April of his close friend and former British high
jumper Germaine Mason had hampered his progress.

“The season started off slow for me. I had a setback after
my friend Germaine passed away, it kind of set me back a little
bit,” he said.

“I had some work to do so I’ve been a little behind schedule
but I’m training well. I’m feeling much better over the last
couple of days because I went to see my doctor in Germany and
I’ve been training good, so that’s a good sign, the weather’s
great here so hopefully on Friday it will be the same and I can
perform at my best.”

Bolt is unlikely to ever again match his best – the 2009
world record of 9.58 – and the 30-year-old said he would be
happy with any sub-10 second time as he seeks to find the speed
he knows he will need on August 5.

“It’s just all about execution now, going out there trying
not worry too much about time,” he said. “It would be good to
dip under 10 seconds which will always help everyone’s
confidence.”

Bolt, with eight Olympic and 11 world championship gold
medals and a host of world records to his name, said the time
was right to retire having achieved all his goals.

He laughed off the suggestion that he was running scared of
Wayde van Niekerk and said he regretted that he was walking away
just as the South African 400m and – as of last month – 300m
world record holder was becoming the sport’s newest star.
“I think that’s one of the most disappointing things in my
career now, that he came along at this late stage, that I didn’t
get to compete against him because I think he’s one of the best
hands down right now,” he said.

“I’m never afraid, I love competition, but it’s too late
now, he’s at the end of my career so, we’ll never know.”

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