Team Bolt confident sprint king will be alright on the night

Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:24am EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt's coach is convinced the Jamaican phenomenon can once again put aside injury concerns and mediocre form to maintain his grip on the major sprint titles at this month's world championship.

The 28-year-old returns to the Bird's Nest stadium where he first stunned the world at the 2008 Olympics for the Aug 22-30 championships, bidding to retain his 100 and 200 meters titles.

Bolt is certainly short of competitive races and struggled for times this season until he twice clocked 9.87 seconds in the 100 meters in London late last month.

His coach Glen Mills, though, believes the Olympic champion and world record holder in both sprints will be able to hit his straps when it matters.

"The last two years have been very challenging for both Usain and myself," Mills told Reuters.

"Unfortunately, he has had a number of different injuries to overcome which have affected his training and the number of competitions he has been able to compete in.

"But Bolt is a champion who knows nothing but excellence when performing on the world stage."

American Justin Gatlin enters Beijing in better form than the Jamaican with world leading marks of 9.74 and 19.57 seconds as he seeks to win his second world sprint double since first doing so in Helsinki in 2005.    Continued...

Usain Bolt (JAM) wins the 100m in 9.87 during the 2015 Sainsbury's Anniversary Games at Olympic Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/Files