RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (CMC) – Jamaican Usain Bolt arrived in Brazil late Wednesday night to begin final preparations for next month’s Olympic Games, where he will seek an unprecedented third successive sweep of both sprints.
The 29 year old touched down on a flight from London where he captured the 200 metres at last week’s London Anniversary Games. The race was his last before heading into the August 5-21 showpiece.
While Bolt paused for photos from waiting media, he did not give any interviews and eventually left in a private car.
Bolt’s campaign at the Games is expected to take the headlines, as the global icon attempts to repeat his achievements from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, when he won gold in the 100m, 200m and the sprint relay.
As recently as earlier this month, Bolt sent shockwaves through the athletics fraternity when he pulled out of the Jamaica National Trials with injury.
The move placed a huge question mark over his fitness in time for the Rio Games and his ability to properly defend his titles.
However, he eased those fears by storming to victory in the 200 metres in London last week in a time of 19.89, and said afterward he was ready for the challenge of the Olympic Games.