Paris: The doping-tarnished world of athletics needed a boost at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and duly received a massive one from Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt, who changed the face of track and field as we know it.
The good news for organisers of next month’s London Games is that the ebullient 25-year-old remains in tip-top form and professes himself desperate to defend his double sprint gold medal-showing from four years ago.
But he will have a battle on his hands, having recently been pipped in both the 100 and 200m in the Jamaican Olympic trials by training partner Yohan Blake, crowned world champion in Daegu last year after Bolt sensationally false started in the final.
“I am the Olympic champion and I have to show the world I am the best,” Bolt said after his double losses in the trials to Blake.
“I will always make a comeback. It is not like I was blown away.”