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'Don't worry!'- Bolt tells fans delayed start to season is by design

What's the time? - Bolt says he ran 400m PB in training but won't tell

By Howard Walker Observer senior reporter walker@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, May 05, 2014    

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Despite not making his seasonal debut with a quarter of the year elapsed, Usain Bolt has reassured fans that things are going to plan and that they have absolutely nothing to worry about.

"There is never anything to worry about," he told the Jamaica Observer at the press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel last Thursday to announce the Caribbean broadcast rights for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"For me, I take my time throughout my seasons and you know the season is never perfect — niggles here, niggles there, but the coach will decide when I start and hopefully I'll start very soon," he noted.

Bolt, 27, the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting and is deemed a living legend with mind boggling world record times of 9.58 and 19.19 seconds for the 100m and 200m, respectively, said the next two years will be crucial in his already glittering career.

"I am just taking my time and going through the season because in the Commonwealth year, I try to take it as easy as possible. I want to run less races because the next couple of years will be very important," said Bolt.

He has constantly set goals for himself throughout his brilliant athletics career and went into the 2012 London Olympics aiming to acquire legendary status by becoming the first runner to win back to back 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles. And that he did.

A repeat of those performances at the Rio Olympics in Brazil will more than likely put him among the immortals of track and field and hence, he is trying to preserve that body for the extra push when he will be 29 years old, going on 30.

Meanwhile, the inaugural World Relays in The Bahamas are just three weeks away to be held on May 24 and 25, and Jamaica are expected to make their mark in the 4X100m, 4X200m, 4X400m, 4X800m and 4X1,500m.

However, Bolt unsure about his participation in the event that will serve as a qualifying competition for the 2015 IAAF World Championships.

"Hopefully, I am in shape (for it), but it's the coach who will decide if it's necessary... and if it makes sense," said Bolt.

"But the coach makes the call where I run and when I run," he added.

Recently Bolt, who has over 14 million followers on his Facebook page, announced that he ran a personal best over the 400m in training, but he refused to reveal the time. He has an official personal best over the distance of 45.28 seconds done in 2007.

"I won't say (what the time was), but we will see. For me, it's always just fun because everybody wants me to run the 400m," said Bolt.

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