Usain Bolt claims he will bounce back at this Thursday's Diamond League meeting in Rome after his disappointing time in Ostrava last week. The Jamaican sprinter (8/13 to win Olympic 100m Gold Medal) clocked 10.04 seconds in last Friday's 100m and blamed a lack of sleep and food.
Bolt's time in Ostrava was the first time since 2009 in Toronto that the Jamaican has failed to break 10 seconds in a final. He said: "I explained to my coach that my legs were not feeling that energetic, probably through a lack of sleep and not enough food. I've been trying to get a lot more sleep and eating better."
The triple Olympic champion was in relaxed mood ahead of this week's meeting in Rome and admitted he does not feel under pressure to perform in every race. He said: "You never have a good race every time you run. You have to just put that behind you and move on. It's not a worry. I have a lot more races and the main one is at the London Olympics. "
He added "I have set a high standard for myself so I know people like to see me run fast. I can't look at it as pressure. People expect you to do certain things - I know I will have my bad races but I have to stay strong and focused."
Bolt will face fellow countryman and former world-record holder Asafa Powell (12/1 to win Olympic 100m Gold Medal), France's European champion Christophe Lemaitre and veteran Kim Collins in the 100m on Thursday.