Bolt vows ‘fast time’ at 100m season opener
World and Olympic triple gold medallist Usain Bolt gets his 100-metre
season under way at the Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting on Wednesday and
has vowed a “very fast time”.
The Jamaican, who owns the 100m world record of 9.58 seconds and 200m
world record of 19.19 seconds, will face three other sub 10-second
runners at the stadium, which will host next year’s World Championships.
They include American Travis Padgett, who clocked 9.92sec in the
windy Doha Diamond League meet last week, and another Jamaican, Michael
Frater, fourth in the Qatari capital in 9.94sec. 60m World Indoor
Championships silver medallist Mike Rodgers of the United States also
takes part, with a career best of 9.94sec from last season.
But none is in same league as Bolt, who opted to start his 100m
season here to get a feel for the track that will host the worlds in
“I can test the field and run on the track, so I can determine what I
should work on for next year,” he said.
The 23-year-old declined to say what time he was targeting, but
insisted he would run “as hard as always,” adding: “That’s always my
intention, to please the fans. Hopefully, it will be a very fast time.
“My limit? No one knows their limit. I keep training hard and stay
focused and work hard,” he said.
Neither of his two main 100m rivals, fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell and
American Tyson Gay, are running in Daegu but they have already made
clear they are eyeing his world record this year.
Powell, powered by a gusting desert wind, stormed to victory in Doha
in 9.81sec while Gay shattered the 44-year-old world record for the
straight line 200m on Sunday.
Other highlights on Wednesday include the men’s 110m hurdles where
Dayron Robles will commence his outdoor campaign