MIAMI (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt is confident that when he’s fit he will be very difficult to beat – even for his training partner and rising star Yohan Blake.
Blake was immaculate last season – winning the 100 metres dash and running the third leg on the Jamaican team that broke the world record in the 4x100m at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Blake then returned to clock 19.26 seconds over 200m, the second fastest of all times behind Bolt’s world record of 19.19secs.
Now there are many, including American Maurice Greene, who believes Blake will be a major threat to his Jamaican countryman Bolt in the 100m at the Olympic Games in London next year, but the double world record holder has different thoughts.
“Yohan has been training with me for the past three years and I have been telling people for all this time that that he is really good,” Bolt told the The Times of India.
“I never single out one athlete as a threat – I treat everyone seriously.”
Bolt also dismissed that training with Blake makes him a little more vulnerable.
“Training and competition are completely different and cannot be compared when performances are being analysed,” he said. “When I am fit and healthy I am very hard to beat in any race.”
Bolt owns both the 100m and 200m world records, at 9.58secs and 19.19secs, respectively. He is also the defending sprint champion in both events at the Olympics, following his performances in Beijing, China, in 2008.
Bolt is expected to battle again with former world record holder Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay and Walter Dix next season.