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The only pressure I have is what I put on myself – Usain Bolt

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 Jamaica's Usain Bolt during a press conference
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Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games...Commonwealth Games - Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games - Glasgow, Scotland - 26/7/14 Jamaica's Usain Bolt during a press conference Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Harding Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games...Commonwealth Games - Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games - Glasgow, Scotland - 26/7/14  Jamaica's Usain Bolt during a press conference  Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Harding  Livepic  EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Usain Bolt says that the only pressure he feels is that which he puts on himself.

He was speaking to the British newspaper, Independent.

“The only pressure I have is the pressure I put on myself,” he said.

“I don’t think about what anyone else expects of me. It’s why I’m not one of those athletes who gets all quiet and serious before a race. I prefer to not think about it and interact with people as normal. I like to look around me and see what’s going on, where the other guys are and what they are doing.”

When Bolt competed in the World Junior Championships in 2002, he ran with his shoes on the wrong feet.

When he run the 200M in 20.61s, he told himself not to allow nerves to take over again.

He later turned down some scholarships from America, believing that Jamaica had the best to offer his career.

“You know, people often ask the secrets to our success but we have an amazing sprinting culture, great coaches and training groups.”

“We’ve had many countries trying to tap into that in recent years, sending their athletes to train alongside us. It’s our mentality. In Jamaica, we know we have to work hard. We  don’t get anything unless we work for it. My success is just a continuation of the great traditions left behind by past athletes.”


By: Jeffrey O Sarpong/233liveworld.com

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