Thursday 19 October 2017

Athletics: Bolt keen to refuel for Games

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt adjusts his hat during a news conference in Ostrava on May 23. Photo: Reuters
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt adjusts his hat during a news conference in Ostrava on May 23. Photo: Reuters

Usain Bolt yesterday shrugged off his disappointing performance in Ostrava and revealed his recipe for success: sleeping and eating more.

Bolt clocked 10.04 seconds last Friday evening, the first time he has failed to break 10 seconds in a final since 2009 in the middle of a rainstorm in Toronto.

But the triple Olympic champion was his usual relaxed self at a press conference ahead of his appearance in the Diamond League meeting in Rome tomorrow, saying he was confident that having an "off day" would not become a trend.

"I explained to my coach (Glen Mills) that my legs were not feeling that energetic, probably through a lack of sleep and not enough food," the 25-year-old Jamaican said.

"Since I got here I've been trying to get a lot more sleep and eating better, so everything is seeming to be on a better track.

"You never have a good race every time you run. You have to just put that behind you and move on. It's not a worry. I have a lot more races and the main one is at the Olympics.

"I have set a high standard for myself so people like to see me run fast. I can't look at it as pressure. I know I will have my bad races, but I have to stay strong."

Irish Independent

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