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'Missing' Bolt is 101 per cent ready for Games

FACING THE PRESS: Team captains Novlene Williams-Mills (left) Don Quarrie and Michael Frater at the press conference

THE WORLD'S fastest man was also the invisible man at a long-awaited public training session and media day in Birmingham where hundreds of school children waited in vain to get a glimpse of their sporting hero.

But sadly Usain Bolt was nowhere to be seen, along with the other big names such as Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell. In fact the Jamaican team’s technical leader Don Quarrie admitted he didn’t know where he was. ‘May be you can tell me,” he told reporters.

But when he was asked at the media conference was Bolt ill, he quickly replied: “No, he is not ill, he is 101 per cent ready, come August 3.”

Instead, Jamaican Olympic team captains Michael Frater and Novlene Williams-Mills were a smart double act as they were probed under the media spotlight during a crowded press conference at the University of Birmingham’s Munrow Sports Centre.

And they assured the waiting media that the team was ready to take on the world in track and field and consolidate Jamaica’s position as the world’s sprinting capital.

And there was praise too for Birmingham’s hosting of their pre-Olympic training camp. Frater said: “As Jamaicans we feel we are on home turf here. Our accommodation has been awesome and every has been so welcoming.”

This was echosed by Quarrie who said the ‘calm’ campus had provided the perfect atmosphere for the athletes to train and relax.

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