Usain Bolt will take the first long strides on his road to Rio Saturday (May 14) when he makes his 2016 track debut with less than three months to go before the Olympics.
The 29-year-old superstar has not competed since winning three gold medals at last August’s World Championships in Beijing and is hoping to use this weekend’s Cayman Invitational to gauge the state of his race fitness.
Bolt, the world record holder over 100m and 200m, runs in the 100m on Saturday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
“When I left Jamaica everything was good,” Bolt told AFP at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Thursday.
“This is my first race, so you never know what to expect, because race fitness is different from training.”
Bolt however believes he is ready to hit the ground running, revealing that training partner Yohan Blake has been in blistering form this year.
“The way I feel I should run a good time, because I train with (Yohan) Blake, who ran a good time (9.93) already this season,” Bolt said.
Bolt’s competition on Saturday includes training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole and the Cayman Islands’ Kemar Hyman, both of whom have gone below 10 seconds for the 100m.
This marks the second time the six-time Olympic gold medalist and world 100 and 200-metre world record holder to compete in the Cayman Islands. He took off in 2013 for the Cayman Invitational and edged native Kemar Bailey-Cole to win the 100m.
Bolt will also run at the Golden Spike in Ostrava later this month, where he is scheduled to face US decathlon king Ashton Eaton over 100m.