Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has addressed the topic of Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter’s positive drug test that saw Bolt stripped of a ninth Olympic gold.
Bolt admits that he holds no grudges against Carter, whose tested samples from 2008 were found to contain traces of banned substance methylhexaneamine.
In an interview with CNN World Sport’s Amanda Davies, Bolt said: “I haven’t spoken to him. But I have no hard feelings.”
The Jamaican sprinter also exclaimed that he is not worried about being stripped of more relay medals.
“I’m not worried about that. If I lose all of my relay Gold medals, for me I did what I had to do with my personal goals and that’s what counts,” said Bolt.
The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt led his Bolt All-Stars to victory on the opening night of the inaugural Nitro Athletics teams event in Melbourne on Saturday.
The world record holder for the 100m and 200m sprints led the Bolt All Stars — including athletes from Jamaica, the USA and Kenya — against teams representing Australia, England, New Zealand, Japan and China.
The 30-year-old Jamaican sprint star ran in the final event on the programme, the 4x100m mixed relay, featuring two male and two female athletes from each team, as did fellow Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Asafa Powell.
With their captain running the unfamiliar second leg, handing over to American Jenna Prandini, the Bolt All Stars won that race to notch up their fourth outright win of the night and finish with a total of 1080 points.
“It was just a wonderful night. I was just enjoying myself from the start to the end,” Bolt said.
“Everybody was just having fun. Everybody was trying to support their teammates — going over to the long jump, to the javelin — that’s something were not really used to.”
The Australian team won three of the 12 events to sit second with 1050 points.
The two teams finished equal first in two other events while Australia’s Kurtis Marschall also tied for first place with China’s Xue Changrui in the men’s pole vault.
New Zealand won the other two events, while China finished third on the points table with 845.
“At the start (of the night) I was a little bit worried. We started kinda slow and I was talking so much smack that everyone was looking at me like ‘you’re losing’,” Bolt said.
“But we won at the end, so that’s the key thing and I’m very happy with how everything turned out.”
The winner of gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the past three Olympics, Bolt said he had never run a competitive race in February before, and was impressed with the form of the local athletes.
“They came out ready. Most people aren’t really at the level that they want because it’s February, but you guys were ready and that’s what we want, competition.
“So it’s fun and it was loud, so it was good.”
Bolt may have been the main attraction but the Australian athletes enjoyed accolades from the crowd of around 7,000.
Nitro Athletics involves a mixture of traditional and modified events designed to provide non-stop action over a two-hour period, with each team consisting of 12 male and 12 female athletes.
Twelve events, from mixed gender relays, to 60m and 150m sprints awarded points for each placing.
Highlights included the men’s elimination mile, which saw the last-placed runner eliminated at the end of each of the first three laps of the track.
A similar programme will be held on Thursday with the final of the three-event series at the same venue next Saturday.
More than 7,000 athletes from around the world are heading to Phuket this June to “Run Paradise” at the 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon.
Having put Phuket on the map as a world-class sports tourism destination, the Laguna Phuket Marathon has grown to become the leading destination marathon in South East Asia and will take place 3rd and 4th June 2017, hosted by the multi award-winning integrated destination resort Laguna Phuket.
With a reputation that spans the globe, the Laguna Phuket Marathon attracts runners from more than 40 countries and has become the “must run” destination marathon in the region.
“2017 will be the 12th edition of the Laguna Phuket Marathon and it continues to go from strength-to-strength. The beautiful course, beachfront location of Laguna Phuket and its onsite resorts and facilities appeals to a diverse demographic – from families and first-timers to experienced runners,” said Mr. Roman Floesser, General Manager of the event’s organizer, Go Adventure Asia.
The Laguna Phuket Marathon offers five distances: The 2km Kids Run, 5km Run and 10.5km Run take place on Saturday 3rd June in the afternoon while the Half Marathon (21.097km) and Marathon (42.195km) take place Sunday 4th in the morning.
“This sunset to sunrise concept of splitting the distances over two days was introduced last year, and was well received. It allows us to accept more runners and provide a safe and enjoyable race experience for all participants,” added Floesser.
Sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, the Laguna Phuket Marathon is organised by leading sports management company Go Adventure Asia with professional timing and results by Sportstats Asia, ensuring the highest of international standards.
Early Bird rates for the 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon are available until 28 February, 2017. Don’t miss out on discounts of up to 22%. To find out more, go to www.phuketmarathon.com/registration.