Jamaica`s Usain Bolt begins training again

KINGSTON : Weather permitting, Usain Bolt on Monday will start his preparation to defend his International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships double sprint titles.

Bolt who cut short his 2010 season due to a lower back problem, is due to join his Racers Track Club teammates in training.

Glen Mills, the head track coach and president of Racers, said Saturday that all was set for the track superstar to resume training.

"Yes we will start training on Monday, weather permitting."

Jamaica has been battered by rains from tropical storm Nicole last week leaving a trail of death and destruction with 13 reported dead and millions of dollars in destruction.

Weather forecasters were calling for rains to still affect the island on Monday and when asked whether they had an alternate plans Mills said, "outdoors is the only place we have to train so if it rains we won`t be able to start and we will just have to wait until the weather clears up."

The club is based in Kingston on the grounds of the University of the West Indies in Mona.

Bolt cut his season short in August after losing a 100 metre race to American Tyson Gay in Sweden. A release from his agent Ricky Simms said then that the lower back problems that "restricts his ability to generate power to his stride" had forced Bolt to miss the final two races on his schedule.

When the double world record holder, who turned 24 in August, ended his season he was tied fastest in the 100m with compatriot Asafa Powell with 9.82 seconds. But he had the fastest 200m time in the world - 19.52 seconds set at the Jamaica International Invitational on May 1 as well as the fastest 300m time - 30.97 seconds run in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Bolt competed 11 times last season, starting with a 400m (45.87 seconds) at the Camperdown Classic in mid-February and ran seven individual races.

IAAF World Junior Championships 100m bronze medalist Yohan Blake who ran personal bests 9.89 seconds and 19.78 seconds in the 100m and 200m respectively will be among the teammates who will start training with Bolt.

Bureau Report