World 100- and 200-metre record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica said all he needs are ‘more races’ following a rather pedestrian run on Saturday night to win the 100 metres at the Cayman Invitational.
Running in his first race of the season, the sprint superstar strode to an average 10.05 seconds to beat American Dentarius Locke into second with 10.12, while fellow Jamaican and training partner, Kemar Bailey-Cole, finished third in 10.18.
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“It wasn’t the best, but as long as I come out injury-free, that’s the key thing,” Bolt told media reporters.
“I didn’t feel as smooth as I wanted to, but as I always say, it’s hard to just come into your first race and do extra well.”
Bolt is planning his campaign with the aim of defending his 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic crowns in Brazil, seeking an unprecedented third gold medal in a row in all three events in what he has said will be his final Olympics.
Bolt, who will run the 100 metres at the Golden Spike in Ostrava next week, said he is not worried about his form and would continue to improve with more competition.
“It’s just more races,” Bolt said. “My coach will determine what I need to work on, but right now it’s just more races. The more races I run the better I will feel, so I am just looking forward to running more races and see what happens.”
“I am never worried. I’ve been in worse situations. It’s just race rusty. I can tell. I could feel the difference from when you are flying from when you are not,” Bolt added.
The 29-year-old superstar had not competed since winning three gold medals at last August’s World Championships in Beijing.
Bolt, who owns the 100m world record at 9.58 seconds and the world 200m record of 19.19, was off his pre-meet projection of a victory in 9.91.
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