"Fully confident" Bolt not threatened by DeGrasse

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August 02, 2017
Usain Bolt (centre), his mother Jennifer Bolt, and father Wellesley Bolt (right) at a press conference for the athlete yesterday. Ricardo Makyn Multimedia Editor

"Fully confident" Bolt not threatened by DeGrasse

Andre Lowe

Jamaican sprinting star Usain Bolt has poured cold water on the expected 100m challenge from young sprinter Andre de Grasse as the two prepare to go head-to-head at the IAAF World Championships.

Bolt touched on a couple of topics including his frosty relationship with the medal-winning Canadian during a media briefing in London yesterday.

"If I see him around I say 'hi' - that's it I guess. I don't know how to describe it; I don't have his number," Bolt said.

De Grasse's coach Stuart McMillan stoked the fire recently when he accused Bolt of getting his athlete kicked out of the Monaco Diamond League 100m race in order to avoid facing him before the World Championships. The sprinter later said that he was never expected to run in Monaco.

Bolt meanwhile said he felt he was disrespected by the Canadian Olympic sprint two-time medallist.

"The seven people who will be in that race with me, those are my biggest challengers. I don't know where his (de Grasse) career will go but in the past he has won a bronze and asilver and that shows that he has talent, so we will see what happens in the future," Bolt said.

In his eight 100m races to date this season, de Grasse, who won 200m silver as well as bronze in the 100m and 4x100m, is yet to register a legal sub-10 seconds clocking. Bolt has won all four previous meetings against de Grasse.

Meanwhile, Bolt may not have had the best build-up to the 2017 World Championships but the Jamaican has no doubts about his readiness to defend his 100m title.

Bolt will take his spot in Friday's heats with a point to prove after only going under 10 seconds once this season.

"Yes, without a doubt (I am ready. If I show up at a championship; if I am here, then it means I am fully confident and ready to go. As long as I show up and my coach is happy, then I am ready to go."

He also added that he will be dedicating his competition to deceased friend and former Jamaican - born British high jumper Germaine Mason who died earlier this year in an accident.