KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday May 11, 2012 – Jamaica’s sprinting powerhouse Usain Bolt rocketed home to win the 100 metres in 9.82 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational last weekend, a month before his Olympic trials.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was among the cheering crowd who gave Bolt a standing ovation when he won in his first 100m of 2012. The time was the fastest in the world this year.
But Bolt’s coach thinks he can do better at the London 2012 Olympics – weather permitting.
Glen Mills, head coach of the Racers Track Club of which Bolt is a member, believes Bolt is capable of running below 9.50 seconds.
The 25-year-old sprint sensation, whose world record stands at 9.58, has declared his intention to “amaze” the world this summer, but Mills feels the conditions may not be conducive to a 9.40 performance.
“I don’t believe it’s impossible, but he would have to have the right conditions,” the 62-year-old coach told the media. “I’m not sure if London is going to be kind. I am talking about the weather.”
The triple Olympic champion, who has been hampered by fitness problems since his world record run in Berlin in 2009, has frequently stated his desire to become a living legend in athletics by defending his Olympic crowns.
He suffered the first major setback of his career at last summer’s World Championships in Daegu when he was disqualified for false starting in the 100m final, leaving fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake to take the gold medal.
Mills, however, feels that experience has made him stronger.
“The lesson he has learned from Daegu is you can never be too complacent or take anything for granted,” the coach said.
“You have to focus and concentrate on the task at hand. I think he’s quite aware of that going into the Olympics and will certainly be in a better position not to be a victim of a false start.
“Usain is quite aware of what it takes to try to be a champion and what is needed for him to maintain the high level of performance.
“It’s not difficult to get him to focus on his preparation and to do the kind of training that is required for him to do well. He has set his sights on reaching greater heights. He wants to become a legend in the sport and he’s quite aware that his work is not done yet.”
Mills ruled out the possibility of Bolt competing in the 4x400m relay in London, saying it was something the pair had considered but the programme made it unfeasible.