Nobody is running fast - Bolt not fazed by 'slower' young sprinters

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July 20, 2017

Bolt not fazed by 'slower' young sprinters

Sprint king Usain Bolt is yet to post a sub-10-second time this season, but the Jamaican speedster is not worried and is certainly not impressed with the times being posted by his rivals heading into the World Championships in London.

Bolt posted 10.03 and 10.06 in his two 100m races to date, but with just one sprinter going below 9.90 seconds so far this year (Christian Coleman, 9.82), Bolt pointed to the ageing of the sport's leading sprinters over the past decade as a possible reason for the unimpressive 100m times registered this season.

"No one is really running fast at the moment. I really can't say (why). The only thing I've noticed is the guys over the years who have really competed like me, Tyson (Gay), Asafa (Powell), and all these guys, we're just getting older. So just the young crop is coming up now. I guess they'll take time to mature," Bolt said.

"The girls have really outperformed us over the past three years. They've really stepped up and been running some fast times. It's been really competitive. I take my hat off to the girls for really competing at a higher level. I think we're just getting old."

Bolt will compete in his last race before the World Championships at tomorrow's Diamond League meet in Monaco.

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He will face Akani Simbine, the fastest in the field this year with a 9.92 time. Also listed to compete in the Monaco 100m are sprint hurdler and fellow Jamaican Omar McLeod, Chijindu Ujah, Isiah Young, and Christopher Belcher, who have all gone below 10 seconds this season.

Bolt said he would be looking to go below 10 seconds in Monaco but pointed out that the important thing was to get up to speed when it matters in London at the World Championships.

"[It] would be good to dip under 10 seconds [but my focus is to], get perfect for when the big race comes, and that's in three weeks," Bolt said.

The Jamaican added that he would not be competing in any meet after the World Championships.

"[My agent] says if I'm going to run after London, it has to be like a [Floyd] Mayweather-[Conor] McGregor fight, [and] my coach said that I have to be his assistant until he decides to retire also," Bolt laughed.

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