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Bolt – 'I could have gone faster'

MANCHESTER, England — Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt says he hopes to be at full strength for this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany later this year.

By Gary Smith — (Caribbean Net News)World-Track

MANCHESTER, England — Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt says he hopes to be at full strength for this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany later this year.

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The triple Olympic champion produced a sparkling 14.35 seconds world best to win the 150-metres race at the Great City Games in Manchester Sunday evening.

His blistering one-man show performances ended all doubts as to how he fit he is, following a car accident that sent him back in training.

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But despite his dominance, the lanky sprinter, who floated away from the four man field, said he was not yet fully fit.

"I think I’m probably 70-per cent so I really have to buckle down. I still have a lot of work to do but I am getting there," Bolt said.

"I think this race helped because I haven’t run a serious race all season so it is always good to run well in your first race.

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Bolt said he could have gone even faster had he been in better shape and played down quarries about him almost being in peak form.

"I think I could go faster because I’m not in the best of shape and I slipped at the start. I could have gone faster.

"I am hoping by Berlin (the world championships) I will be 100 per cent. I don’t try to peak before and I try to work towards it race by race."

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The performance from the 22-year-old smashed the previous best of 14.8sec, set by Italia’s Pietro Mennea in 1983.

Bolt dominated the sprints at the Olympics in Beijing — winning both individual events in world records. He also ran the third leg on the Jamaican world record breaking 4x100m relay team.

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