Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says he is in great form ahead of the Diamond Athletics meeting in Rome and plans to dominate the sport for another four years. He also said he was extremely upset by the news that Alex Ferguson has retired from being coach at Manchester United.
ROME, ITALY (JUNE 4, 2013) (REUTERS) - Six-time Olympic gold medallist, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt said on Tuesday (June 4) he is in great form as he arrived in Rome to participate in theDiamond League event taking place there on Thursday (June 6).
With the world championships looming in Moscow in August, most of track and field's biggest names have been slowly getting back to action in the Diamond League series, although Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has been a notable absentee until now because of a hamstring injury.
But Bolt told reporters at a news conference in Rome that he is in good shape.
"I am feeling great. I have been doing a lot of work on my speed endurance for the past couple of weeks and did a few starts. So everything is coming together, I am happy with where I am at, my coach is happy and I am in good shape. So I am just looking forward going to the turn out there and competing at my best."
Bolt, who delighted in taking photographs of the media during the news conference, brushed off accusations that had been made by anti-drug campaigners saying that he had promoted cannabis with publicity on a t-shirt he had recently worn made by a U.S. firm called "The Pothead Diaries."
"One of my friends had a clothing line. Everybody names their clothing line after catchy things and my friend made a clothing line, took a picture, they tried to make a big deal out of it," Bolt said.
"So that is all the media, what it is for me. It was nothing really, it was just a name and for me it was just whatever. I am not going to be stressed over that because I know who I am and I know what I represent over the years and I have proven that. It is just the media and it is not going to bother me and I have moved past that really."
On a subject close to his heart, Bolt said it had been a tough day for him when he heard Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson had decided to retire.
"I must say it was a stressful day for me" he said.
"For Alex Ferguson to retire it was pretty hard to hear he was gone. He was a great manager and did extremely well for Manchester United, he led us to a lot of titles over the years," Bolt said.
"For me now, me and Alex, we are friends, so now that there is a new manager I am slightly worried it is going to be just that little bit harder to make the team. I think I have enough qualities to make the team," Bolt said grinning.
One thing is certain the world record holder over 100m and 200m is not planning to slow up any time soon.
"I definitely have goals. I think I have accomplished all my dreams, but I do have goals now that I have made myself," he said.
"I have pretty much four more years I think personally, in the sport, so now it is all about dominating for those four years. I am looking forward to the next Olympics to do something that has never been done before so that is one of my biggest things, goals right now.
"For the next four years, I will try just to dominate the sport and show people that it is possible to go year in, year out and just be the best.
"It is going to take hard work and I really look forward to the competition because it drives me and it helps the sport. I am going to do as much as possible and enjoy it and help to develop the sport over the years."