Usain Bolt is still the reigning world champion in the 100-meter dash and holds a world record. He has struggled since the 2008 Olympic games, though. He was ultimately scratched from the world’s competition last year due to a false start.
Even though he was beaten in the Olympic Trials twice by Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake this past week, Bolt insists there is nothing to worry about.
ESPN.com ran a piece from the Associated Press in which Bolt said:
"I can never be discouraged," Bolt said. "I'm never worried until my coach gets worried, and my coach isn't worried, so I'm OK."
With 34 days until the start of men's 100 heats at "the games," Bolt has plenty of time to figure out his problem. Bolt's struggles could be attributed to being in his native country of Jamaica and saving his stamina for London.
Another explanation could be that during the 100-meter qualifying, he was distracted. Bolt claimed that other competitors’ subtle movements caused him to get a bad jump.
The Jamaican Observer interviewed Bolt and he stated:
"I lost focus and when the gun went I was not focused," and in the semi-finals "the guy next to me moved and it threw me off; I see these guys in my peripheral vision and it is kinda hard to ignore them so when they move its gonna throw me off a little bit and I got left and when I get left it is hard."
Bolt is still the world's fastest man, though. He won Olympic gold for a reason and there shouldn't really be anything to worry about. Watching this man run is like watching a Cheetah run at full speed—it's truly something remarkable.
Unless Bolt is hiding some kind of injury from the public, I would suspect that he lives up to his massive expectations in London. He is the kind of athlete who performs best when the pressure is on him.
The pressure will definitely be there for Bolt come August. He has had a disappointing two-year stretch in which many have begun to doubt whether he's still the best in the world.
One thing is certain: Bolt is a fierce competitor and certainly wants to prove the doubters wrong.
Bolt has a few more exuberant fist pumps left in him. That's good for the Olympics, his nation of Jamaica and his loyal fans.