SHANGHAI, China (CMC) — Jamaican sprint wonder Usain Bolt will make his long-awaited debut in the IAAF Diamond League here today, headlining a star-studded cast that will take centre stage at the Golden Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old double world record-holder will run the 200 metres and once again all eyes will be more focussed on the clock rather than the finish, with the long-striding six-footer expected to dismiss his competition and win easily. Already this year, Bolt has run a world-leading 19.56 seconds and fans and pundits will be anxious to see if the 100 and 200 metres world and Olympic champion can lower that time.
As usual, Bolt was quick to play down talk of a new world record, stressing that he was just focussed on running fast and winning the event. “I don’t know how close I can get. I’ll try to run hard to execute as I’m always keen to give my fans a good show. That’s always my aim,” Bolt told reporters. He is coming off an easy win in Daegu, South Korea on Wednesday where he sped to a world-leading 9.86 seconds in his first 100 metres of the season.
Bolt said while there were improvements to be made, he was relatively pleased with how he had launched his 2010 campaign.
He will face fellow Jamaican Steve Mullings, along with the Netherland Antilles’ Churandy Martina, who finished fourth in the 100 metres at the Beijing Olympics two years ago.