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Bolt primed for 200m after false start horror


DAEGU, South Korea, August 29- Jamaican sprint star, Usain Bolt, will compete in the men 200m and 4X100m events after his stunning false start exit that ended the defence of the 100m crown.

In a statement released Monday morning, Bolt said, “Firstly, I would like to congratulate my teammate Yohan Blake and other athletes who won the medals.”

“Of course, I’m extremely disappointed not to have had the chance to defend my title due to the false start. I was feeling great through the rounds and was ready to run fast in the final. I worked very hard to get ready for these championships and things were looking good.”

The Jamaican sprint star that holds the world records in both short sprints sought to sweep the incident that prompted a huge cyber debate on the IAAF false start rule, captured global headlines in addition to occasioning a shocked Daegu Sports Stadium to empty within minutes under the carpet.

“However, I have to move on now as there is no point to dwell on the past. I have a few days to refocus and get ready for the 200m on Friday. After this, I have the 4X400m and a few other races before the end of the season. I know that I am in good shape and will focus on running well in the 200m.”

His compatriot, Asafa Powell, who missed the 100m due to a strain also revealed there was a strong possibility he would compete in the relays.

At a lunch briefing here with sponsors, Powell said the one-false-start and you are out rule should not be changed following the incident as he expressed his shock on Bolt’s exit saying it came from the blue.

-Mutwiri Mutuota is reporting for Capital Sport from Daegu, South Korea