The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has said that the world fastest man, Usain Bolt will be competing in the IAAF/BTC World relays in Nassau, Bahamas on 2-3 May.
The athlete is also excited about the innovative competition. According to Bolt, ‘I’m happy to be part of the Jamaican team for the IAAF/BTC World relays in the Bahamas. I am fit, healthy and ready to run. I hear the meet was a lot of fun last year and there was a great atmosphere. Jamaica has a long and successful tradition of relays and when we put on the national colours we always do our best to make the country proud.’
Meanwhile, the JAAA is excited about Usain Bolt’s participation. According to the Jamaican athletics Administrative association secretary general Garth Gayle said, ‘we were extremely pleased that Usain was available for selection and that the world fastest man will be running for Jamaica. We can expect some sprint magic on the track in the Bahamas on 2nd and 3rd May.’
The IAAF/BTC World relay is the newest innovation by IAAF which started last year. This year over 600 athletes are expected around the world to participate in five relay disciplines, 4X 100m, 4X200m, 4X400m, 4X800m and the discipline medley relay for both men and women. The competition will serve as a qualifying competition for relays for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, Bolt is expected to meet a stiff challenge from American Justin Gatlin,33,who dominated last year’s Diamond league running 9.77secs and 19.68secs in the 100m and 200m. Gatlin was 2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2005 world championship gold medalist.
Bolt’s coach Glen Mills says Bolt is unruffled by the performance of Gatlin. He said that Bolt has step up his game. According to Mills, ‘Usain made significant stride since the last time you saw him. We take all competitions with a level of seriousness. But the truth of the matter is Usain at his best doesn’t have much to worry about.’
Bolt 26, ran only three races last year. He is next due to run in a 100 m race at an athletics meet in Rio, Brazil on 19 April. According to Bolt, ‘I want to run really fast this season so I’m working on it. I’m happy with where I’m at. I’mm doing a lot of work leading up to this first run in Rio, Brazil (April 19) that’s the focus and that’s what we’re working towards.’
Bolt is looking to win three gold in 100m and the fourth gold in 200m at the August world Championship in Beijing..
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