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Bolt to run sprint relay prelims at World Championships

By Kayon Raynor

Reporting from the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London

 

Despite confessing to being a bit sore two days after Saturday's 100m final where he secured bronze, Usain Bolt has confirmed with RJR Sports that he will run the preliminary round of the 4x100m relay on Saturday for Jamaica at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London.

"We'll see, we haven't done any baton changes as yet with the guys, but I feel we are ready," the 11-time World championship gold medalist said.

Bolt has never run the preliminary round of the sprint relay at the Olympic and World Championships as he usually has 200m duties.

"I have talked to Julian Forte (100m semi-finalist) a little bit, I haven't really talked to the youngsters so we'll see when it comes to the baton changes, but I'm always excited to run relays and we’ll see what the guys are prepared and ready to do," Bolt reasoned.

Yohan Blake is the only other experienced member of Jamaica's sprint relay pool to have won medals at the World Championships and or Olympic level.

"Physically I am alright, there is a little bit of pain, but nothing a massage can't cure; I'm taking it easy," Bolt revealed of his current condition two days after clocking a season-best equalling 9.95secs the 100m final. "A little bit disappointed but such is life," added the 8-time Olympic gold medalist.

"I've done my best as always; went out there and gave my all and I'm just happy to be here and looking forward to the 4x100," said the world 100m and 200m record holder who helped Jamaica to the last four World Championships 4x100 titles. Jamaica set the sprint relay World record of 36.84 seconds at the 2012 Olympics in the London Stadium. 

Bolt also has two Olympic 4x100m titles. A third, from 2008 in Beijing, is in the balance at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) where Nesta Carter has appealed against a doping violation from a retroactive test having been stripped of the medal by the International Olympic Committee, IOC.

Meanwhile, the Jamaican sprint legend continues to credit American gold medalist Justin Gatlin for his perseverance in trying conditions in London, where the spectators booed him throughout the rounds of the men’s 100m

"I'm just showing respect. We've been battling for years and he finally got one; yes it’s at the end of my career but I have to show respect and where respect is due," Bolt said, adding his legacy remains intact.

"If you work hard throughout your life, I always say anything is possible and I can imagine how long he has dreamt of this moment... I can't be a sore loser; throughout my career I've dominated. I personally don't think it (bronze medal) has changed what I have done in any way,"said the legendary sprinter. 



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