Usain Bolt has admitted he has been carrying injuries that have affected his performance. He conceded that a bad back had been causing him hamstring problems.
But the 100 metres world record holder, who carried Jamaica’s flag in the opening ceremony, insisted he is fit to defend his sprint titles.
‘I’ve had some slight problems but I’m ready to go. It’s fixed now,’ said Bolt, who was beaten in the Jamaican Olympic trials by his training partner Yohan Blake and then missed a race in Monaco this month.
‘My fitness at the trials was all right but I wasn’t at my best. For me it’s all about getting it right on the day. I’m all right.’
The world’s fastest man is relishing the honour of taking on the role of flag-bearer, one that will sit comfortably with a born showman.
‘For my country I’ll do anything,’ the 25-year-old Jamaican said.