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Bad back made me lose says Bolt

Thursday, July 26, 2012




LONDON, England (AP) — Usain Bolt finally confessed there has been something wrong. It was his back.

The Olympic champion said today that a bad back has been causing him hamstring problems, leading to a pair of losses to training partner Yohan Blake at the Jamaican trials.

"It was a slight problem. I got that fixed and I'm ready to go," Bolt said in his first formal media appearance of the London Games, where he was given the honor of carrying his country's flag at tomorrow's opening ceremony.

Bolt lost to Blake twice at the recent Jamaican trials in both the 100-metres and his favoured 200metres. The setbacks fueled speculation that he was injured but haven't dampened expectation that he will retain his 100 and 200 gold medals.

"My fitness (at the trials) was all right, I guess, but I wasn't at the best," Bolt said. "I can't complain. It was all right. It's always a wake-up call to get beaten. For me it's all about getting it right on the day. I'm all right (now)."

Bolt also dismissed talk that he had been training away from TV cameras and reporters at the Jamaican team camp in central England because he is injured. Jamaica's 4x100 relay team also is the current Olympic champion.

"I'm always ready," he said. "It's all about the championship. It's never about the trials everyone knows that. My coach doesn't like the cameras. He likes to keep me away from the cameras."

Bolt was scheduled to appear alongside Blake and other athletes at the event in the heart of east London, but travel problems held some of them up, the Jamaican Olympic Association said.

Instead, Bolt and teammate Asafa Powell were the only two present out of six Jamaican athletes who were supposed to attend.

Before their appearance, JOA president Michael Fennell announced Bolt would be Jamaica's flag bearer at the opening ceremony.

"Carrying the flag is an honor," Bolt said. "For my country Jamaica, I'll do anything - to be on TV. I'm happy. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

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