Usain Bolt

Coach Mills says Bolt not 100-percent as yet, Blake in better shape

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Glen Mills, the coach of both Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, says he was not surprised to see the world record holder beaten over the 100m at the Jamaica Championships on Friday night.

Blake exploded from the blocks to outpaced Bolt and Asafa Powell to the finish line to win in a new personal best of 9.75 seconds and set a new stadium record in the process.

Bolt has had his problems from the blocks all season and struggled throughout the rounds to get things right.

He was forced to play catch up again in the final but was never going to catch Blake, whose top end speed is just as good as his.

And in the end Bolt was second in 9.86 seconds and Mills, who revealed that both athletes are at different stages in their preparation, said he wasn’t surprised with way the defending Olympic sprint double champion performed.

“I am not surprised about Bolt performance,” Mills said after watching the race Friday night.

Bolt is not 100-percent, but he’s good enough to compete.”

Mills said Blake, who won the gold medal in Daegu last summer is in far better shape than Bolt, especially because he did not travel to race on the European circuit.

“We didn’t send [Yohan Blake] to Europe so he’s in far better shape than say Bolt at this time.”

Reporting by Gary Smith, Lead Sports Writer

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2 thoughts on “Coach Mills says Bolt not 100-percent as yet, Blake in better shape

  1. The trials for theOlympic team are just that–they are trials. The goal is to make the top three. A bronze is equal to a gold in this meet. Those who know Track and Field realize that this is only one important step for the Olympics!

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