Bolt dreams on
Sprint star says Commonwealth Games medal a lifelong desire
He has done it all. Even seen it all. But he sure doesn't have it all.
Usain Bolt, a man driven by the accolades of his trade, desperately wants to add a Commonwealth Games medal to his already rich collection, and now he has his chance.
His vault is nothing short of a gold mine. Therein lies six Olympic and eight World Championship gold medals. But the world record holder of both sprints
9.58 over 100 metres and 19.19 over 200
hungers for more. Add to that, he holds a medal in that World Championships 4X100 team that posted the standing record of 36.84 seconds.
Well, the iconic sprinter is here in Glasgow for these Commonwealth Games, and he claims he is not holidays.
"I have always wanted to compete in a Commonwealth Games. The first one in Australia (Melbourne 2006) I strained my hamstring so I didn't go. The second was in India (Delhi 2010) and it was in October, so it was a bad time for me because the World Championships was coming up," said the Trelawny native as he addressed a swarm of journalist at the SECC centre shortly after his arrival from Kingston yesterday.
Bolt, who will only run the 4X100-metre relays, said his desire to run at the Commonwealth Games is not a fly by night crush, but a career goal.
"It's very important. I expressed to my coach earlier this season (that I wanted to go), but I got injured, so I missed the chance to compete in the individual events, but it's nice to be here," he noted.
Usually, the mercurial Bolt would sit out the preliminaries of the relays, but not this time.
"Yes, I will be running in the heats. I need the runs really because this is my first race of the season."I got injured earlier in the season and I didn't want to take anyone's spot (on the team) because I didn't get to go to the trials, so I decided I'd come in for the 4X100," Bolt expressed.
A foot injury, which he claimed has healed, had delayed the start to his season. But now he's itching to test his competition form.
"For me my injury has completely gone. Fitness-wise I've done a lot of training over the past month and I've been really pushing myself... I am just taking my time trying to get in shape, but not to push myself too much and injure myself again," Bolt explained.
A number of big-name athletes were forced to withdraw on the eve of these games
most notably the England's long-distance king Mo Farah
due to injury.
"I don't thing anyone drops out on purpose. It's just injuries.. It happens in the big events, things just go wrong in the last moment, but there are a lot more athletes here and I am sure it will be a good game," he told journalists, who were eating out of his hands at this point.
A big star and a top earner among sport's elite, a five-star hotel would be fitting for a man of his standing, but he prefers, as he usually does, to chill with his fellow Jamaican athletes.
"I always stay in the village. It's fun to stay with the athletes and it makes you relax and enjoy it more. I try not to walk around the village too much because I tend to take a lot of pictures, but I'll stay in my room most of the time," Bolt said.
So Glasgow's nervy wait is over and their new king has taken his throne in the hearts of these decent people, and rest assured, he will give them a show.
"I live for he fans when I go on the track. I want the fans to enjoy my performance, so I bring the energy because I want to feed off their energy." And that, the Scottish can take to the bank.
Athletics competition gets going today at Hampden Park.