Bolt in Ostrava

The recent 100 m world record holder is in Ostrava for the first time in the history. The fastest man of the planet, Usain Bolt, landed on the Ostrava´s airport Mosnov today early morning after 24 hours journey on the flight Kingston – New York – Prague – Ostrava.

“The trip was tiring but I feel good,” said 21-year-old Jamaican. The organizers had prepared a surprise for him at the airport – he was dropped to the hotel by very luxurious sports car, as he is a big fan of the fast cars.

He will compete on Thursday for the second time in Ostrava – in 2006 he won 200 m with 20.28. “Memories? Cold, freeze. Hopefully it will be different this year,” he wished. His start at the Golden Spike meeting will be definitely exceptional – it will be not only his first 200 m run of the season but also his first start after he broke the 100 m world record in New York.

“My life has not changed since then. Only journalists take more interest in my personality. I still have clear target – Olympic Games in Beijing”, claimed Bolt. Nevertheless, he admits he is looking forward to his new position – during his presentation before the start he will hear for the first time: the world record holder.

“I do not assume that it will affect my performance somehow but nevertheless I am looking forward to playing the new role”, added Usain Bolt. “The time I would achieve I am not able to predict. Let us surprise.”


The Sunday TimesJune 8, 2008

Usain Bolt is heading to Europe
The lightning-quick sprinter is heading for Europe with his sights on Michael Johnson’s 200m world recordAndrew Longmore
Having beaten the 100m world record in New York last weekend, Usain Bolt will head to Europe for a tilt at one of the true statistical monuments of his sport this week. Wisely, the 21-year-old promises nothing, but if the track is quick and the evening more Caribbean than mid-European, then Michael Johnson’s 200m record of 19.32sec, set on an unforgettable night in Atlanta 12 years ago, could be at the mercy of the giant Jamaican in Ostrava on Saturday.

“I always wait until the first 200m of the season, then I say what time I can do for the year,” said Bolt. If he applied the same principle to the 100m, his less-favoured discipline, there is no knowing where the clock might stop. At just after 11pm last Saturday on Randall’s Island, New York, Bolt blew through the rain in a scarcely believable time of 9.72sec (adjusted from an initial 9.71sec), clipping two-hundredths of a second off the world record held by his countryman, Asafa Powell. The next stop is a sub-9.70sec 100m, a mark which is both bewitching and, in the current climate of suspicion, deeply troubling.

In another tangled week for the sport, no sooner had the latest holder of the tag of fastest man on the planet been anointed than one of the previous holders was at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) trying to have a ban for a positive drugs test reduced on appeal. Justin Gatlin, the Olympic 100m champion who claimed to be a figurehead for a new and cleaner sport, lost his case and will not be able to return to athletics until 2010 after twice testing positive for steroids, the second time just weeks before he tied the world record in 2006.

The 26-year-old American has always protested his innocence, but the IAAF, the world governing body of athletics, wanted a lifetime ban. CAS also revised the start of his ban to July 2006. His run of 9.77sec in May of that year, which equalled Powell’s then record, has been scrubbed from the books. So add Gatlin to a list that includes Ben Johnson, Tim Mont-gomery, and Dwain Chambers.

It took just three questions at a conference with the world’s press last week before the full implications of his record hit the new holder. “We have had a lot of e-mails from our readers doubting the time and the performance after all the scandals that have marred the 100m these last few years,” said a Belgian journalist. “What would you like to say?”

Bolt mounted the only possible defence open to him. Look at my record, he said. “I’ve been running good since I was 15, so this is no surprise.” True enough. Despite Powell’s swift graduation into the front rank of sprinters, Bolt has always been regarded as the true prodigy among a gifted generation in Jamaica. He was a world junior 200m champion at the age of 15 and the only one to break 20 seconds. Though this was only the sixth competitive 100m race of his life, he had already given notice of his speed with a 9.92sec run in Trinidad in mid-May. “He came to me after that race and said, ‘The world record is there for me,’ ” said Glen Mills, his coach. But neither man anticipated quite how soon the prediction would become truth.

Maybe naivety is still rife and belief self-driven, but other positive indicators support Bolt’s claim to be clean. He has rejected the opportunity to further his athletic education in the tainted American system, preferring to stay in Kingston under the eye of Mills, his coach for the past four years. “I asked not to go overseas,” he said last week. “Really, I can’t live outside Jamaica. I get homesick and I’m not really a fan of cold weather either.” He has also, he admitted, started to understand the extent of his talent; in other words, to train more and party less. “You grow up, you see the bigger picture,” he said. “I have seen that a lot of hard work and dedication is needed if I want to become one of the best. So I decided, well, it is time that I change my ways, not everything, change little things in my personal life.”

He had also watched Powell, his long-time friend and training partner, move to the bigger houses further up the hill in Kingston on the back of his success in the 100m. It all sounds touchingly folksy and reassuringly plausible, not least because Bolt did not take the opportunity to peddle any religious conviction or put himself forward as a crusader for a new, drug-free era in sprinting. He would, he said, run against anyone if the opportunity arose, including Chambers, the disgraced British sprinter.

“That’s cool with me,” he said. “I go out there and just perform. As long as I’m scheduled to be at the meeting, it doesn’t really matter who else is there. I’m going to run. I’m happy with that. I try to lead by example, so I just stay clean and do my best when I get there.”

Bolt now has to decide whether to run the 100m and 200m at the Olympics, where he could meet Powell and Tyson Gay, the world champion at both distances. In the immediate aftermath of his world record, Bolt seemed intent on the idea, but last week he was leaving the choice to his coach. “I have been working hard on my 200m for years now,” he said. “I want to be one of the best 200m runners ever, but my coach says that he still hasn’t decided what to do.”

Bolt will double up at the Jamaican trials at the end of the month and it is inconceivable that he would turn down a chance to join the company of Carl Lewis and Valery Borzov as a double Olympic sprint champion. His nickname “Lightning” demands it, so will headline writers all over the world. How many more Bolts from the blue before Beijing?

Five keys to the Lightning Strike

THE START Bolt has been working on his start because at 6ft 5in he takes a long time to uncoil

CONFIDENCE Having already run 9.76sec, Bolt knew he was close to breaking Asafa Powell’s world record

RELAXATION Bolt listens to music before races and slept all day before breaking the world record in New York

LONG STRIDE Second to Bolt in New York, Tyson Gay admitted his rhythm had been broken by the Jamaican’s giant stride pattern

NO WEIGHTS ‘I am not really a fan of weight training. I just do enough’

It’s funny that their angle on his weight training comment, ‘I am not really a fan of weight training. I just do enough’ is to attach the NO WEIGHT TRAINING declaration with it.

That’s not exactly what he said.

Predictions… I say if weather is good 19.78.

I thought I had read somewhere he has only recently started doing weights. If that is so, could this permormance not be an argument for using weight training?!?

The workouts of those who aren’t a fan of weight training usually almost equate to no weight training :slight_smile:

I wish him continued luck in avoiding the tainted American system:rolleyes:

No weights- yeah right, where did this extra muscle mass come from?

Yes. That’s the point- lost on the reporter who also got the 9.92 reversed in order with the 9.76.

I thought the same…

From the extra portion of Ackie, Saltfish and dumpling of course!

Also comment about long stride is misleading. He isn’t deliberately doing anything different- he’s just way bigger than the rest of the field.

Yeah he’s simply tall and has long legs. Maybe the reporter will “inspire” a bunch of 5-10 kids to start bounding in their sprints.

NO WEIGHTS … ‘I am not really a fan of weight training. I just do enough

According the above- the reporter says no weights. Yet this is totally contradicted when Bolts says, " I just do enough". What does that mean? He could be lifting once or twice a week and that’s substantially more than NO WEIGHTS!

These do not look like two guys who have been totally avoiding hypertrophy training. Just look at the photos, guys: Bolt has NOT been doing NO weights:

So I think it’s more a matter of what kind of weight and likely not heavy weights rather than no weights at all–maybe the minimum that keeps Bolt out of trouble with Glen Mills.

What I notice here is that Asafa (except for his very last lift :(), Bolt, and Gay are–in their own descriptions–not lifting heavy, not (at least not recently) racing indoors…BUT Bolt and Powell were racing 400 in February, and Gay ran a 4X4 leg in early April…and these are the guys running 9.7s.


It’s not just that they’re big. They’re also dense. If you were to grab Tyson’s arm around the tricep, that thing would be solid as a rock. I don’t know what kind of training they do now, but I reckon the key thing to developing such a physique is consistency. That’s years of training right there. Staying healthy. Probably eating correctly. Good genes help, but nobody ever won anything big and meaningful in track without the right training.

I think It’s the old matter…
weights=not natural
No weights= natural…
Enough weights…can be he doesn’t love them…but 10 sets 2/3 times a week, like BJ…are also “enough”…
even Carl Lewis did some…because Tellez schemes WElRE EMPLOYING THEm…and a skinny 18yo could not impose himself on the 20y veteran coach…
However…Bolt has gotten really massive…if he was 86 kg 2 years ago…now should be well over 90…so maybE, more problems on the 200?
BW didn’t stop John Regis…but here we are talking about different kind of performances.

Bolt 19.83… My 19.78 prediction wasn’t too far off. I’m calling 19.3 at the olympic games.

Robles stole the show…way better than what Bolt did…this time…

Video isn’t available to me living in the US :mad: