The World’s Fastest Man and one of the greatest athletes of all time, had shall we say an off year last year. Beset by injuries, and with no major titles to shoot for, Usain managed only a 9.82 in the 100 meter sprint in 2010. He did run a spectacular 19.56 in the 200 meter sprint very early in the season, but the remainder was plagued by injuries to his back and Achilles heel. Bolt even lost the final race of the year in Stockholm Sweden to his arch rival Tyson Gay, renewing speculation that the 100m title at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, would be up for grabs.
This year Bolt appears to have stepped up his training regimen in preparation for the season. He says that he’s been doing a lot of core training and overall strength work, and has even put on more muscle onto his 6’5″ frame. So far it’s too early to tell whether the added strength has impacted his performance. Bolt has had only one race this year, a 100m race at the Compeed Golden Gala in Rome, Italy. After a horrendous start – he was last out of the blocks – Bolt overcame the field to win in a time of 9.91 seconds. Bolt admitted that nerves got the best of him before his first race in nine months. “I got a bad start and then kind of started to panic.”
Keep in mind that it’s still very early in the season. After all, it was his first race, and he did win. Bolt has about three months to improve technically and get his timing back. If he stays healthy and puts all of the pieces together, we could be fortunate enough to witness another historic performance this summer in at the World Championships in South Korea. I for one, cannot wait. Check out Bolt at a recent press conference, discussing his off season strength program: