LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Former World and Olympic champion Maurice Greene has admitted that he was proven wrong by Usain Bolt in the men’s 100 metres at the London Olympic Games on Sunday.
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Greene, after seeing Bolt losing twice to his fellow countryman and training partner Yohan Blake at the Jamaica Championships in June, picked the world champion dethroned the world record holder in London, but his predictions was well off.
Greene, who captured gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, said Bolt was struggling with technical issues which made him vulnerable and his dominance from four-years-ago wouldn’t carry over.
“Blake is going to win,” he recalled.
“If Usain was running like he was in Beijing, he would win hands down,” the American added. “But he is not running like that.”
He added: “Those problems…bring everybody closer to him, which makes him susceptible to losing.”
Well, on Sunday there was no one close to Bolt, who flashed home to victory in a new Olympic Games record of 9.63 seconds, removing the old mark and then world record of 9.68, set in Beijing in 2008.
That performance, which was the second fastest on the all-time list, behind his own world record of 9.58, had Greene, a former world record holder himself, admitting that he was wrong.
“He’s been having problems with the beginning part of his races and that’s why I thought he was going to lose,” Greene said during his television interview on Inside Edge.
He added: “After the semi-finals he fixed the problem and I said then, there’s going to be fireworks tonight.”