Bolt expected to fly
British star expecting fast times for Olympic sprinters
May 5, 2012
Usain Bolt could break his own world record at this summer's Olympic Games, according to British sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.
Aikines-Aryeetey believes the Mondo track in use at the stadium is quick enough for Jamaican superstar Bolt to better the time of 9.58 seconds he set in winning World Championship gold in Berlin in 2009.
After competing three times on the track in winning the 100 metres title at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships, Loughborough student Aikines-Aryeetey said: "Oh it's fast. It's very, very fast.
"Wherever I run I like to do a ball test. I take a cricket ball and just bounce it on the normal track and the Mondo track.
"On a normal track it bounces to knee height. On a Mondo it comes up to your hip, so everything you put into it you get back out. There's no excuse not to run fast on it."
"Oh it's fast. It's very, very fast... there's no excuse not to run fast on it."
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Asked if that meant triple Olympic champion Bolt could break his record in London, the 23-year-old added: "You'd imagine so.
"If he's in that shape and in that mood and there's a bit of sunshine, I think the track is ready for that. It's definitely going to be a fast Olympics, no doubt. It's the fastest Mondo there is. It's a very nice track."
Whether there will be sunshine remains to be seen, but despite today's cold weather and an early start for the semi-finals, Aikines-Aryeetey was determined to take part.
"It might be cold but I wouldn't rather be anywhere else right now," the former world junior champion added.
"Rain or shine I wanted to get in the stadium and see how it feels.
"It's kind of breathtaking a little bit because when you're inside it, it still has an atmosphere and there's no one in it. So you can imagine when it's packed full of Brits shouting 'Come on Harry' it's going to be immense."