Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is ready to prove that he is still the best on the planet, despite suggestions that he might be losing his edge after losing to Tyson Gay last season.
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Bolt is yet to make his mark this season, but will do so at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome today where he will face fellow countrymen Asafa Powell and Steve Mullings, the current world-leader over 100 metres.
The World record hold at both 100m and 200m, says he has been through a tough winter season of preparation and although he is a little “nervous” – he is ready to get the season off to a flyer.
Bolt will defend his World Championships sprint double titles this summer and he admits after a somewhat rusty season for him, he is ready to get back down to business.
“You lose some, you win some, you never win every race in your entire career,” he said. “Last season wasn’t my best, it was downtime for me.
“This season it’s back to business. I’m really focused, I’m ready now and I’m out to prove to the world I’m still the best.”
The man known around the world as the “Lightening Bolt” is also the keeping a close eye on his fierce rival and good friend Powell.
“Asafa’s a great athlete, he’s been in the top three for a lot of years now, he broke the world record many times,” the sprinter said.
“He’s great, he’s going to come out and run hard. I’m looking forward to it, the competition is always great between us.”
Bolt also expects the same from Gay.
The 24-year-old said: “Tyson Gay is definitely one of those sprinters that never gives up, he’s really determined.
“He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t party, he’s really focused on what he wants, he’s a complete athlete and a wonderful competitor.”