Usain Bolt Critical of His Championship Performance

As was reported the other day, Jamaican sprinter Usain ran the fastest 200 meters of 2013 at the Areva Diamond League meet in Paris, France, finishing in a remarkable 19.73 seconds.

Never one to be satisfied, though, the six-time Olympic champion was critical when asked to asses his victory:

I think I could have run the last 50 after the turn much better. I didn’t come in the straight as powerful as I used to. The last 30 meters, I was kind of, I won’t say struggling, but my technique wasn’t perfect. I wanted to do better, but it’s just one of those things you never get but you wish for sometimes.

Bolt also laid out his plan for the upcoming world championships, saying he needs to work on running faster on the curve.

Bolt wasn’t overly self-critical, though, and scoffed at the idea that he is past his athletic prime (a point brought up after Bolt lost in the 100 meters to American sprinter Justin Gatlin earlier this season):

I lost one 100 meters, a lot of people are making a big deal of it. It doesn’t really bother me. All I have to do is just train. The same people in that lane beside me, if he’s one of them, then I’ll get it right that I’m a championship person. I’m not worried.

The 2013 IAAF World Championships will take place from August 10th to August 18th in Moscow, Russia.

[Source: USA Today]


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