Bolt: I'm ready to race
Usain Bolt will carry Jamaica's flag at the Olympic Games opening ceremony
Usain Bolt has revealed he will be "ready to go" at the London Olympics after recovering from a stiff back and hamstring problems.
Fitness concerns have dogged the 25-year-old's build-up to the Games where he will be defending his 100 metres and 200m titles.
Bolt, who will carry the Jamaican flag at Friday's opening ceremony, said: "I have been training great over the past two-and-a-half weeks so everything is coming together. I had slight problems but nothing too serious. I am ready to go."
Bolt, who was speaking at a press conference in east London, added: "The vibe is good and I am happy. I am always ready, for me I keep telling you guys it's always about the champs, it's never about one run, never about the trials."
The world's fastest man was beaten by training partner Yohan Blake in the 100 metres and 200 metres at the Jamaican Olympic trials last month. He then withdrew from last Friday's Diamond League meeting in Monaco with a minor hamstring problem.
He was conspicuous by his absence from the team's open training session at the University of Birmingham on Tuesday, but said: "The coach determines if I train in front of the cameras, he doesn't really like the cameras."
A repeat of the sensation he caused four years ago in Beijing, when he broke the 100m and 200m world records in style to take double gold before lowering them again the following year, is what organisers and spectators alike are hoping for.
And Bolt himself is confident of doing just that: "Fitness wise I wasn't the best (at the trials), but I was all right. I couldn't complain. It's always a wake up call to get beaten. It made me open my eyes and rethink a few things. But I'm all right now."
Much has been made of Bolt's mental state since his false start in Daegu, but he claims that slip has been banished from his mind, saying: "I made one mistake last year and I was happy it wasn't an Olympics. I'm past it. I've learned not to worry about starting.
"I was never a good starter, I'm never going to be a great starter. I should just focus on running and do what I do best."
AND seems a nice guy.
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