London 2012: Usain Bolt's Poor Showing Shouldn't Knock Him from Favorite Status
Bolt's time, which can only be considered slow for him, was still good enough to win the race. After all, this is a sprinter who has a chance to break into the 9.4s in the 100m.
We cannot read too much into this time for Bolt's chances to break off a record run and take home the gold at the upcoming Olympics.
The track at Ostrava did not prove to be a particularly fast one. Bolt was followed in this race by Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis with a 10.19, and the American Darvis Patton was third with a 10.22.
The track for the London games is expected to be much faster. This is something that excites Bolt. He was quoted in the Mirror as having this to say about the Olympic track:
It's always a good thing to know that the track is going to be a fast one. For me I'm definitely looking forward to competing on that track.
Will Bolt win the gold?
Success on the Olympic stage is everything for Bolt right now. The Olympic champ has already accomplished enough in his career where he can solely focus on being his best for the giant stage of the Olympic game.
Bolt also touched on this in a quote relayed by the Mirror.
I've gone through so much, so many things, that even if I lose every race up to the Olympics it doesn't matter because I know that I have one focus and that is just to go to the Olympics and do great things.
Can Bolt run the 100m in the 9.4s?
Bolt is the dominant athlete in his sport. It can be hard for a rare athlete that is head and shoulders above his competition to stay motivated enough to continually dominate. Boosting himself to legend status is motivation enough, but that elite status can only really be achieved by great performances at the Olympics.
The entire focus of his training is to get him to peak for these games. If he is going to get that 9.4 time, he wants it to be on this grand stage.
Bolt is just 25 and is at the age where it is natural to expect an athlete to be at the peak of his abilities.
While Bolt has yet to prove that this is the case with him, we must reserve judgment on this until the Olympics, and when those roll around, I fully expect Bolt to be at his dominant best.
Unless this speedster sustains some sort of injury, he will capture the gold, and if he is at his peak, a 9.4 is a serious possibility.
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