KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt had several problems at the just concluded Jamaica National Championships to pick the team to London, but he and his coach are determined to fix them quickly.
Bolt ran 9.86 and 19.83 for the sprints, but was beaten by a sharper Yohan Blake (9.75 and 19.80) in both events over the weekend, which drew several pundits’ attention.
But while there are many who are panicking about his form after the trials, his coach Glen Mills is confident of fixing those concerns and have his world record holder fully sharp heading into the Olympic Games.
Bolt had problems getting out the blocks in the 100m and failed to delivered his normally flashy curve running in the 200m, and had to go home with two second place finishes.
“We’ll discover what the problem is,” Mills told reporters. “At 6-5, he’s not going to be the fastest starter in the world.
“He doesn’t have to be the first one out of the blocks to win.”
Bolt, who holds the world and Olympic records in both the 100m and 200m, admits that he has lots of work to do, but is confident of returning to top form when it matters the most.
“I’m the Olympic champion,” Bolt said. “I have to show the world I’m the best. I can come back.
“It’s not like I was blown away or anything. So now, I know what I need to do to get it right.”