Published: 16:57 27/07/2012
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, says he’s 95% fit after injury problems and is 6/4 with BetVictor to win gold in both the Mens Olympic 100m and 200m events.
There has been much speculation about Bolt’s fitness in the run up to London 2012 after the reigning champion was beaten in both events by Yohan Blake at the Jamaican trials at the beginning of July. Blake has been tipped for Gold in London with odds of 13/8 available at BetVictor for the 100m and 15/8 with bet365 for the 200m.
Speaking to BBC sports editor David Bond, Bolt admitted that he has not been fully fit having struggled with back and hamstring problems. However, as he prepares to carry the flag for Jamaica at the opening ceremony on Friday night, Bolt claimed he is ready to defend his Olympic 100m and 200m titles and may even try for four golds by running in the two relay events, 4x100m and 4x400m’
"I think I am probably 95% fit but I am in great shape. If I feel like I'm up to it after the 200m, then why not?" he said.
The 25-year-old Jamaican is World and Olympic record holder over 100m and 200m, earning him the nickname of Lightening Bolt following his electrifying achievements on the track over the last four years.
He smashed the world 100m record in Beijing in 2008 and set the current record of 9.58s at the World Championships in Berlin a year later. He lost his world 100m title to Blake in 2011 when denied his place in the final because of a false start. Bolt later cruised through his next event to take the World 200m title.
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