I'll blow Gatlin away - Bolt

Ross Houston
August 8, 2016

"I'm feeling much more confident now", the 29-year-old sprint legend told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

Bolt, who is hunting an unprecedented third successive Olympic Games treble, has shaken off a minor hamstring injury and is ready to defend his titles in Rio de Janeiro.

"It's tough to remember one thing from the Olympics when I was younger, but one thing that stands out for me when I was watching Bolt winning the 100 meter race in Beijing".

A year ago Bolt was hailed as the saviour of athletics after beating Justin Gatlin, twice convicted of doping offences, in the world championships 100m.

Schippers is a Dutch heptathlete and sprinter who is single-handedly breaking up the American-Caribbean monopoly of the women's 100m and 200m.

During the interview, a mischievous smile broke out on the face of the Jamaican, then he dipped into his bag and pulled out a magazine with a massive picture of Bolt dominating the cover.

Except of course for Usain Bolt - who claims he won't be there.

In March, Bolt said he wanted to run sub-19 seconds in the 200 and was planning to win three gold medals at the Rio Games. Gatlin noted that he has been doing his biomechanics in a hope to beat Bolt like the way he did back in 2013 in Rome.

He did enough in his final run in London last week to indicate that he is healthy - and just now needs to rediscover the race sharpness that has seen him bestride the sport for the last eight years.

Adding to the much-anticipated Gatlin-Bolt showdown is their low-intensity war of words as the Games approached.

Bolt laughed at the notion but at the same time was disappointed.

"They (coworkers) gave me a gift this morning, a magazine with Usain Bolt on the cover", he explained. "But for me the shape I'm in, I'll say I'm in much better shape, so I think 9.6 seconds definitely".

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