Elite athletes know their bodies.
To run perfectly, to make one’s body work properly, as David Rudisha, the 800m WR would know, one must have all things well. Usain Bolt ran 9.86 and 19.83 last weekend. That is a fact. He also lost to Yohan Blake twice. As one keen observer noted today in Paris, ” Ah, Usain will be ready for London.”
Coach Mills & Usain Bolt are taking precautions. Coach Mills is one of the most astute coaches in our sport, and he has a group of elite sprinters that he has to understand each and every day. What makes them tick, what makes them race better. How do you juggle a Blake and a Bolt? Each athletes needs are quite different.
The lead up to London 2012, my dear friends, will be fascinating.
UPDATE FROM GLEN MILLS AND USAIN BOLT
THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012
TO ALL SPORT EDITORS
From Coach Glen Mills
“Arising from Usain’s participation at the National Trials in Kingston this past weekend where he had a slight problem, after careful assessment I have had to withdraw him from the Samsung Diamond League Meeting in Monaco on July 20 to give him sufficient time for treatment and time to train and prepare for the Olympic Games in London.”
“I am happy to have earned my spot on the Jamaican Olympic team despite the challenge. I will be in London to defend my titles in the 100, 200 and 4 X 100 metres. I want to congratulate my fellow Racers Track Club Members along with the other athletes who made the team. I thank everyone for their support.”