PARIS, France, Wednesday July 10, 2013 – Sprint sensation Usain Bolt says he could have posted a faster time in the 200 metres at the Areva Diamond League Meeting in Paris last Saturday.
Bolt was made to work hard in the half-lap and was forced to fend off a challenge from his compatriot Warren Weir before completing victory in 19.73 seconds, the fastest 200 metres of the season.
“I think I could have run the last 50 after the turn much better,” Bolt said.
“I didn’t come in the straight as powerful as I used to. The last 30 metres, I was kind of, I won’t say struggling, but my technique wasn’t perfect.”
Fellow Jamaican Weir, who was second in 19.92, stayed with him into the top bend before the world record-holder pulled away.
“The time, I think I could have done better,” Bolt said.
“I wanted to do better, but it’s just one of those things you never get but you wish for sometimes.”
Bolt broke the meet record of 20.01 seconds set by Michael Johnson in 1990.
But he said he still has plenty to work ahead of the world championships in August.
“First, I think I should have run faster on the curve,” he said.
“My first 50 was great. But then, for some strange reason, my last 50 wasn’t so great. So I just need to figure what went wrong and then work on it.”