Track and Field

2012 London Olympics: Is Usain Bolt Losing His Charge?

Jamaican sprinting champion Usain Bolt is now questionable before the 2012 Olympic games in London.
Jamaican sprinting champion Usain Bolt is now questionable before the 2012 Olympic games in London.Mark Dadswell/Getty Images
Dan IrwinCorrespondent IIFebruary 12, 2012

Among the many draws for this summer's 2012 Olympic games will be a spectacle of speed from Jamaican sprinting champion Usain Bolt.

We think.

Bolt gave no immediate reason, but withdrew from his first scheduled competition, the Camperdown Classic in Jamaica's national stadium.

This is contrary to statements that Bolt made just days ago, that he was "happy to be healthy", "excited to begin my season" and "looking forward to a good performance."

Current 100-meter World Champion Yohan Blake posted a new personal best on Saturday in the 400-meter (46.49sec). Although he did not finish first in the race, Blake's performance was impressive.

"Alodin Fothergill is a 400m man so he got the better of me," Blake said. "I could have run faster if I had gotten out better. Today was just my first 400m so if I have one more, I will go faster.. These have just been my first 400 meters. If I have one more competition, I will run faster," he added.

Bolt has received loads of coverage for his future run in this summer's Olympic Games.  But some in London are wondering if Bolt's events will even be worth watching.

Until he races, the rumors about his health will run rampant. One thing that will silence the critics is Bolt flying down the track, and only Bolt will know when he is ready for that.

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