Olympics: Usain Bolt dances for the media, but admits nerves for the 200m ahead of athletics competition

Sprinter Usain Bolt flashing his signature pose during a press conference held by the Jamaican Olympic Association at Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro.
Sprinter Usain Bolt flashing his signature pose during a press conference held by the Jamaican Olympic Association at Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Usain Bolt dances samba at a press conference.
Usain Bolt dances samba at a press conference. PHOTO: REUTERS
Sprinter Usain Bolt taking a wefie with the media during a press conference held by the Jamaican Olympic Association at Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 8, 2016.
Sprinter Usain Bolt taking a wefie with the media during a press conference held by the Jamaican Olympic Association at Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 8, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Sprinter Usain Bolt dancing with samba dancers during a press conference held by the Jamaican Olympic Association at Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 8, 2016.
Sprinter Usain Bolt dancing with samba dancers during a press conference held by the Jamaican Olympic Association at Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 8, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

RIO DE JANEIRO - He may be the world's fastest man but even Usain Bolt gets nervous, particularly as he prepares for his final Olympic Games while attempting to become the first man to break 19 seconds in the 200m sprint.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist is chasing a third straight clean sweep of the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events at the Rio Games before he hangs up his boots but admitted on Monday during Team Jamaica's press conference that he still gets pre-race jitters.

The 29-year-old told a packed room of media at the Cidade das Artes (City of Arts) concert hall: "I'm more nervous over 200m than anything else. I always get nervous. But 100m is never really as stressful. I know my weakness and where I'm strongest. For me it's just all about getting it right. But when I get to the 200m, I'm always a little bit nervous, right throughout the rounds, day I start right to the finals.

 

"Yeah, I love that one the most. I really, really, really want that. Something I've always wanted, to run sub-19. Think it's going to be a little hard because I missed out on trials and a few weeks of training, the last part of the season. But you never know. After the 100m rounds, it always helps my 200m so hopefully I can go on and run fast. I'm looking forward to it."

He will compete in the 100m heats at the Olympic Stadium on Aug 13 before running the 200m three days later. The 4x100m will be on Aug 18.

Bolt holds the 100m and 200m world records, 9.58sec and 19.19sec respectively, which he set at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.


Sprinter Usain Bolt dancing with samba dancers during a press conference held by the Jamaican Olympic Association at Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

He had said in February he would retire after the World Athletics Championships in 2017 and confirmed this would be his last Summer Games.

He added: "As a young kid, you grow up looking forward to the big games and I think over the years I've just really gotten into it. Championships are what matters for me and that's what I work towards, trying to do my best and I'll be giving my 150 per cent always."