It’s been an eventful build-up for Usain Bolt as he gets ready to compete in his final pre-World Championships warm-up at today’s Diamond League meet in Monaco.
Bolt, who is said to be shocked and insulted by statements made by Andre de Grasse’s coach Stuart McMillan, who suggested that the Canadian upstart was denied a 100m showdown with the eight-time Olympic champion in Monte Carlo by Bolt and or his management team, will get a chance to take out any frustration on the Monaco Mondo.
If the Jamaican needed any motivation, this should certainly do it, and reports that he clocked 5.7 seconds from a standing start in 60m repetitions in one of his last training sessions before today’s event suggests that fans could, today, get that spark that has been missing from the men’s 100m event so far this season.
BOLT TO DIP BELOW 10-SECONDS
Bolt, in what has been a hampered season, is yet to dip below 10 seconds after two attempts, but the rest of the field isn’t too far ahead, with American Christian Coleman being the only athlete so far to register a time faster than 9.90 seconds this season.
Four in today’s field – including the much-improved South African Akani Simbine, who has six sub-10 seconds under his belt this season – have run 9-second times in 2017, so while it’s certainly not a world-class field for the Jamaican.
Interestingly, de Grasse, who will line up in the 200m event, is yet to legally dip below 10 seconds after eight starts in the 100m this season.
Sprint hurdler Omar McLeod, the world champion in the 110m hurdles, is entered in the 100m event as well and he is certainly no slouch in the flat race, coming in with a 9.99 seconds personal best and a wind-aided 10.16 seconds effort in his lone 100m race this season.
CJ Ujah is coming off a 9.98 run in his last race and will be looking to make a point for his training partner de Grasse with American Christopher Belcher no doubt looking to at least match his 9.93 personal best which he recorded this year.
WILLIAMS TO CONFIRM SPOT
Kimberly Williams is in third place in the triple jump Diamond race qualifying standing on 11 points, four behind leader Caterine Ibarguen and she will be looking to confirm her spot in the final later this season and build on her 14.35m season’s best.
World champion Danielle Williams could not have asked for a better mock exam ahead of her title defence and will line up against the five women who have run faster than her 12.56 seconds mark in the 100m hurdles event.
World record holder Kendra Harrison is the clear favourite, but with Jasmin Stowers, Sally Pearson, Nia Ali, and Sharicka Nelvis occupying lanes as well, the national champion will have her hands full at the Stade Louis II.
– Women’s 400m Hurdles – 1:03 p.m.
– Women’s Triple Jump – 1:45 p.m.
– Women’s 100m Hurdles – 2:05 p.m.
– Men’s 100m – 2:35 p.m.