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Bolt back on the blocks


ROME — Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt said he is ready to put his injury woes behind him when he lines up at the Rome Golden Gala for his first appearance of the year in Europe today.


Bolt’s start to the season has been hampered by hamstring problems and, a month ago, American rival Justin Gatlin posted an impressive time of 9,97sec at the opening Diamond League event of the season in Doha.

Meanwhile, Bolt was clocking a comparatively mediocre time of 10,09sec for the 100 metres at the Cayman Invitational, way behind his world record time of 9,58sec. But, ahead of his European debut at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on today, the 26-year-old Jamaican said he is now up to competition speed.

“I’m feeling great, (I’ve) been doing a lot of work, working on my speed and endurance for the past couple of weeks,” Bolt told reporters in Rome on Tuesday.

“I’ve done a few starts, so everything is coming together.”

The Rome Golden Gala is the fifth meet in the 14-leg Diamond League season, at the conclusion of which the athletes (men and women) with the highest number of accumulated points win The Diamond Race.

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