x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Bolt not content despite threatening record

Usain Bolt will have sent shivers down the spines of his 100 metre rivals with the assessment of his form.

PARIS // Usain Bolt will have sent shivers down the spines of his 100 metre rivals with the assessment of his form from the Golden League meeting heading into next month's World Championships. The triple Olympic gold medallist ran to a winning time of 9.79secs on Friday, but proceeded to list a number of factors preventing him from breaking his own word record of 9.69secs prior to going to Berlin.

They range from his poor starts out of the blocks to letting up at the end of races to his cautious approach for fear of getting injured. He also claims he has not yet achieved his full potential. The fact that the Jamaican ran such a time in cold, drizzly conditions - and into a slight headwind - at the Stade de France will be enough to worry all his rivals. Tyson Gay, whose time of 9.77secs is still the best for this year, looks to be the only man capable of beating Bolt. But even the American will be hard pressed to live with him if everything comes together for the 22-year-old sprinter in Germany.

"I'm at 85 per cent - there is more work for me to do," said Bolt. "It wasn't a perfect race but it was good enough for me." Bolt struggled out of the blocks, although his recovery and seemingly effortless cruise to the line was something to behold. And on his vigilant approach in the Paris rain, he said: "I had to be careful because I don't want to get injured. It's always in the back of my mind.

"You don't want to get injured at this time of the season leading up to the World Championships. You have to be cautious. But I felt good." Bolt confirmed his last race before the World Championships will come next week at Crystal Palace, where he will be up against compatriot Asafa Powell and Britain's Simeon Williamson. * With agencies