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Usain Bolt is confident in Jamaica’s sprinting legacy and sees potential in Seville for the Paris Olympics

Usain Bolt, the legendary sprinter whose name is synonymous with speed and dominance, gave insight into the upcoming men’s 100 meters event at the Paris Olympics, describing it as “wide open” with no clear favorite for the gold medal.

Speaking with the authority of his unparalleled legacy, Bolt also expressed satisfaction at the revival of male sprinting in Jamaica, highlighting the emergence of talented athletes such as Rohan Watson, Oblique Seville, Ackeem Blake, Ryiem Forde and Kadrian Goldson.

Among these rising stars, Oblique Seville has attracted particular attention for his consistent performances on the world stage. After narrowly missing out on medals at the 2020 Olympics and last year’s World Championships, Seville’s journey from promising newcomer to genuine contender has captured the imagination of Jamaican athletics fans around the world. Speaking at the launch of Red Stripe’s ‘Guh Fi Gold and Glory’ campaign, Bolt praised Sevilla’s efforts to keep the Jamaican male sprint alive despite recent problems.

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The importance of consistency and overcoming injury setbacks

Reflecting on Sevilla’s potential, Bolt stressed the importance of consistency and overcoming injury setbacks. He expressed hope that Sevilla would maintain its form and secure a podium finish at the Paris Olympics, alongside other prominent contenders such as American sprinters Noah Lyles, Fred Kerly and Christian Coleman, as well as Jamaican compatriots Watson, Blake and Goldson. Bolt also named Britain’s Zharnel Hughes and Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo as formidable opponents in the upcoming competition.

Despite the absence of certain athletes, such as Italy’s Marcell Jacobs and Canada’s Andre De Grasse, from the current conversation, Bolt remains optimistic about Jamaica’s chances at the Olympics. With his unparalleled record, Bolt believes Sevilla has the potential to break into the top three in Paris, provided he maintains his dedication and performance levels.

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Looking ahead to the Games, Bolt expressed confidence in Jamaica’s overall medal prospects in several disciplines, reaffirming the country’s tradition of excellence in athletics. He anticipates Jamaica’s continued dominance of the sprint scene, reaffirming Jamaica’s status as the ‘sprint capital of the world’.

While Bolt eagerly awaits the Olympic spectacle as a spectator, he remains hopeful that Jamaican athletes will write another chapter of success in the country’s storied sporting history, aiming for an impressive medal haul in Paris.