Spring Into Action Soon: Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt, 23, is getting ready to bring some excitement to the track and field world again. He'll make his first appearance of the spring this Saturday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on one of two 4x100 teams from Jamaica. Given his record, he'll likely to be the anchor for one of these teams. The other team from Jamaica will have former 100M world record holder Asafa Powell as anchor, providing quite the match up.
Then the real excitement begins in May. On May 1, he runs at the Kingston International in his first 200M of the season. Then, on May 19, he'll head to South Korea for the Colorful Daegu meeting and his first 100M run of the season. Will he break his own world records of 9.58 and 19.19 seconds?
If he doesn't smash records at these first meets of the season, Bolt will have more opportunities. His schedule through August shows four tries at the 100M, two at the 200M and a few relays and longer events. Expect Bolt's power, charisma and bright gold running shoes to bring more coverage to the track world this summer.
Though Bolt says that he doesn't think he has the physical capacity to run the 100M in nine seconds flat, his memorable Olympic performance in Beijing - where he appeared to slow and celebrate once he realized he had no chance of losing his gold - raises expectations, though his current, faster world record was set at a different, less watched venue.
For those of us who also follow distance running, Bolt has publicly said that he is only a sprinter - don't look for him slogging it out alongside our marathon favorites even after he has retired his mantle of the fastest man in the world.