London weather could affect Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt can lower his 100m world record below 9.5 seconds, his coach has said, but London’s weather could foil his efforts.

Glen Mills, who has coached Bolt since 2004, said that the reigning Olympic champion could reach 9.49 or lower and shatter his current world record of 9.58.

“I don’t think it is impossible,” Mills said. “But he would have to have the right conditions. I’m not sure if London weather is going to be kind.”

Mills said that he expects Bolt will be 100 per cent healthy when he runs his first 100 of the season on May 5 at the Jamaica Invitational, the same meet where world 100m champion Yohan Blake is set to run in the 200.

“Usain is in good condition, doing well,” Mills said.

“He is ready to run next week. I expect him to do well. He’s in good shape. I’m expecting him to run a good race.”

Denying tales that Bolt hurt himself in a charity soccer match, Mills said his star pupil has learned from the false start in the final at last year’s world championships in South Korea, one that cost him his world title.

Bolt won 100 and 200 Olympic gold at Beijing in 2008 and helped Jamaica to a 4×100 relay title, all in world-record time.

At the 2009 worlds in Berlin, Bolt lowered his world records to 9.58 and 19.19 at 200.

by Buford Balony

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