George Town - Usain Bolt will take the
first long strides on his road to Rio here on Saturday when he makes his 2016
track debut with less than three months to go before the Olympics.
The Jamaican sprint king is planning a
successful defence of his 100m, 200m and 4x100m crowns in Brazil, an
unprecedented "triple-triple" in what he has said will be his final
The 29-year-old superstar has not competed
since winning three gold medals at last August's World Championships in Beijing
and is hoping to use this weekend's Cayman Invitational to gauge the state of
his race fitness.
Bolt, the world record holder over 100m and
200m, runs in the 100m on Saturday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
"When I left Jamaica everything was
good," Bolt told AFP at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Thursday.
"This is my first race, so you never
know what to expect, because race fitness is different from training."
Bolt however believes he is ready to hit
the ground running, revealing that training partner Yohan Blake has been in
blistering form this year.
"The way I feel I should run a good
time, because I train with (Yohan) Blake, who ran a good time (9.93) already
this season," Bolt said.
Bolt's competition on Saturday includes
training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole and the Cayman Islands' Kemar Hyman, both of
whom have gone below 10 seconds for the 100m.
Bolt will also run in Ostrava later this
month, where he is scheduled to face US decathlon king Ashton Eaton over 100m.
"These upcoming races will determine
where I am preparing for Rio," Bolt said.
"I just have to hope that everything
fall into place and when I get back to Jamaica in training, I will know what I
need to work on."
Although his qualification for the Olympics
is likely to be a formality, Bolt said the Jamaican track and field trials were
"We always focus on trials (Jamaica
Olympic Trials) first," he said before reiterating his determination to
scoop another treble of golds in Rio, where he is also hoping to become the
first man to duck under 19 seconds for the 200m.
"I am going to Rio for the three gold
medals. That's always the aim and as I said earlier in the season, I would love
to break 19 seconds," he said.
Elsewhere on Saturday, America's 2011 World
champion and Olympic Games silver medallist Carmelita Jeter headlines the
women's 100m, which also has USA 200m champion Jenna Prandini and Jamaican
Prandini is also in the women's 200m with
compatriot Miki Barber.
American Kori Carter is the biggest name in
the women's 400m hurdles while Kendra Harrison of USA will start favourite over
Phylicia George of Canada and Virgina Crawford in the women's sprint hurdles.
Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio will
try to better his personal best of 44.34 clocked here last year in the men's