24 July 2012
Usain Bolt is employing every technique possible to ward off back pain and other injuries in the run-up to defending his Olympic titles at London 2012.
The Jamaican superstar won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at Beijing in 2008 and is the odds-on favourite to defend all three of these titles in London.
As a result, he is not taking any chances and has been sleeping in a special 7ft orthopaedic bed in a bid to avoid any kind of muscular or skeletal ailments that could compromise his chances of victory.
Bolt has been training at the University of Birmingham ahead of the Games and Zena Wooldridge, the director of sport at the facility, said every effort has been made to accommodate the 6ft 5in sprint king.
"There was a fear Usain would be uncomfortable with his bed so in the last few days we've had a special orthopaedic mattress made for him.
"It's absolutely critical that the athletes are looked after while they're staying in Birmingham so we were only too happy to help," she added.
Bolt is confident back pain, leg injuries and other gripes will be far from his mind when the Olympics get underway, and has predicted that he could lower his own 100m world record to 9.4 seconds in the final.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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