Olympic champion Usain Bolt: 'I'm ready to go'

Jamaica's Usain Bolt speaks at a press conference in east London
Jamaica's Usain Bolt speaks at a press conference in east London Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Olympic champion Usain Bolt has said he will be "ready to go" at the Olympic Games after recovering from a stiff back and hamstring problems.

Fitness concerns have dogged the 25-year-old's build-up to the Games where he will be defending his 100 metres and 200m titles.

Bolt, who will carry the Jamaican flag at tomorrow's opening ceremony, said: "I have been training great over the past two-and-a-half weeks so everything is coming together.

"I had slight problems but nothing too serious. I am ready to go."

In June, Bolt was surprised in the 100m final at the Jamaican National Championships and Olympic trials when he was beaten by world champion and his training partner Yohan Blake.

Blake ran 9.75 seconds, it was the fastest 100 metres in the world this year.

Bolt was second in in 9.86 seconds.

Yohan Blake beats Usain Bolt in the 100m final at the Jamaican National Championships and Olympic trials
Yohan Blake beats Usain Bolt in the 100m final at the Jamaican National Championships and Olympic trials Credit: Reuters

Just 48 hours later, Bolt suffered his second loss Yohan Blake in the 200m final.

Blake crossed the line in 19.80 seconds, 0.03secs ahead of the world record holder.

Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake compete in the men's 200 meters final at the Jamaican Olympic trials
Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake compete in the men's 200 meters final at the Jamaican Olympic trials Credit: Reuters

But now the champion has said he is ready to compete in the 100m, and achieve his aim "to become a legend", they aren't many who would bet again him retaining his Olympic crown.

Usain Bolt models the Jamaican team's kit for London 2012
Usain Bolt in his iconic and much copied pose Credit: REUTERS/Paul Hackett