Usain Bolt’s success relies on three things. Take one out and his career would not be what it is. One, he was fortunate to be blessed with a tremendous talent.
All Olympians have superior talent compared to normal people.
But Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis and Bolt have natural talent even superior to that. Unique talent.
Usain Bolt was welcomed to a warm reception and treated the crowd to a time of 10.07
Bolt, with James Dasaolu (left), who qualified as a fastest loser for Team GB in a time of 10.18
Bolt arrives at the stadium for the 100m heats to a huge cheer on day eight
The Jamaican with his trademark glance to the side to see where his rival sprinters are
Before and after: Bolt was also sporting a new haircut during the 100m heats
It then takes a lot of hard and smart work and that is central to success.
But you can be working hard and not necessarily be improving. So you need to be clever about what you do.
That is about knowing what is good for you as an individual. It means you don’t just follow a template and do what every great 100m and 200m runner before you did. It takes a lot of research, a lot of trial and error, some very careful decision-making.
The third thing is most important — knowing yourself as an athlete. What sort of mindset do you need to be in every day to get the best out of training. What sort of environment do you need? What is your pre-race routine? Usain knows absolutely what he has to do to be at his best.
Dasaolu, racing next to the sprint king, had a nervous wait to learn his fat
Bolt’s compatriot Yohan Blake won Heat 6 in a time of 10.11 on day eight
Blake pauses for a moment before his 100m heat race on Saturday
Technically, Bolt has changed a few things, made his running a bit cleaner.
At this point in his career it is too late to change his technique dramatically. He is a bit all over the place and inefficient in terms of the way he sprints — though not as much as when he started out. If you watched him from the frontal plane there was a lot of wasted motion, a lot of side-to-side. But it is too late now to make major biomechanical adjustments.
Because he is so much the world’s best, he’ll be good enough to win the gold.
James Ellington missed out on a place in the next round, finishing fifth in Heat 6
United States’ Justin Gatlin cruised to victory in the Men’s 100m Heat 2, with Daniel Bailey second
View from above: Gatlin with a comfortable lead during the Men’s 100m heats
Chijindu Ujah produced a great performance in Heat 1, qualifying in second place
Ujah, who run 10.13, will next race in the semi-finals on Sunday