LONDON, Sporting Alert – All eyes will be on Usain Bolt when he lines up in the men’s 100m at the London IAAF Diamond League meeting on Friday.
Bolt hasn’t raced since his 20.29 seconds performance over the 200m in New York on June 13, and the world record holder is keen to test his fitness after he pulled out of two Diamond League meetings in July because of a pelvic injury.
The Jamaican is yet to dip below 10 seconds for the 100m this year, despite stating that he is in very good shape.
The triple Olympic Games gold medallist from London 2012 believes that he is ready to go much faster than his 10.12 seconds season’s best, but added that he won’t know how sharp he is until after Friday’s race.
“I won’t really know how ready I am till tomorrow (today), but I’ve been training really hard and working on what I need to work on,” said Bolt at a press conference for the meet on Thursday.
“Now we’ll see what happens.
“Tomorrow (Friday) will give me momentum and focus going into the championships. It’s all about executing my race. I’m trying to get that right, and if I do I will be in good shape.
“I’ve been doing a lot of work on my start. The first 40 metres of the 100m is most important because that is the weakest part for me.
“But if I get that right, I know there will be no issues because the last 60 metres is when I’m always really strong.”
The 28-year-old admits that his outings so far this season has been shockingly poor, which makes him a little “excited and a little nervous” about his return to the Olympic Stadium.
“Most of my races this season have been really poor. But I am looking forward to competition now,” said Bolt, who will be racing over the 100m for the first time since 19 April when he ran his seasonal best in Rio de Janeiro.
The reigning IAAF World Championships sprint double champion also revealed that although he is well behind arch-rival Justin Gatlin at the moment, his main focus is just to get the timing of his peak “right for Beijing.”
“I’ve been training really hard and pushing myself,” he noted. “It’s all about taking one step at a time and getting the timing right for Beijing.”
Bolt will lineup in heat two of the men’s 100m at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on Friday where he will face American Mike Rodgers, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Kim Collins and British sprinters Chijindu Ujah and James Dasaolu.
Heat one will feature the likes of Jamaicans Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nesta Carter, as well as Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, who ran 9.86 in Paris earlier this season.
The final of the event is scheduled for later in the evening.
Also down to compete at the Diamond League meet is Great Britain’s Mo Farah, who will race in the men’s 3000m against a modest lineup that will also include Yenew Alamirew, the second quickest in the world this year with 7:36.39.
Farah enters the competition with a season’s best of 7:38.22, which he did to finish second in Doha, to start the IAAF Diamond League 2015 schedule.
Diamond League 2015 Schedule
Doha, QAT – 15 May
Shanghai, CHN – 17 May
Eugene, USA – 30 May
Rome, ITA – 4 June
Birmingham, GBR – 7 June
Oslo, NOR – 11 June
New York, USA – 13 June
Paris, FRA – 4 July
Lausanne, SUI – 9 July
Monaco, MON – 17 July
London, GBR – 24-25 July
Stockholm, SWE – 30 July
Zurich, SUI – 3 September
Brussels, BEL – 11 September