DAEGU (Sporting Alert) — American sprint legend Maurice Greene believes Usain Bolt’s 100 metres reign could have come to an end at major championships had it not been for a wholesale of withdrawals in South Korea.
The men’s 100 metres was shaping up to be one of the highlights in Daegu with Bolt, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay heading the list.
However, Gay and Powell both pulled out of the championships with injuries and the event also saw the likes of Steve Mullings and Mike Rogers forced out for failing drug tests.
Now it seems Bolt, who dominated in Berlin in 2009 when setting a world record of 9.58 seconds – is well set to take a third consecutive major championships gold, although Greene, who twice defended his world title – believes he’s starting to look vulnerable.
“If you’ve seen in the past, he was so far ahead of everybody else, now he’s barely winning and if you really pay attention to his running technique, he’s changed it a little bit,” Greene said.
“He’s doing a couple of things differently to what he’s been doing which is not allowing him to be the Usain that runs on a different planet.
“It’s just technical stuff,” the 37-year-old added. “His foot placement is a little off, I mean, it’s off more than it was before because it was never that great.
“He’s doing different things.”