Usain Bolt Warns: Catch Me If You Can Next Year

Usain Bolt had no excuses for his defeat to American Tyson Gay in Stockholm on Friday, but warned his rivals to try and catch him next year.

The Jamaican world record holder was defeated by his American arch rival over 100 metres in the IAAF Diamond League meeting – Gay running 9.84secs to Bolt’s 9.97secs – but the latter sounded a stern message afterwards.

“Take what you can get now, because next year you’re not going to beat me,” Bolt said.

The Olympic sprint double champion, who admitted that he had been slacking off this season – seeing that it is a year without a major championships – was losing for the first time since his defeat to fellow countryman Asafa Powell, also in Stockholm, prior to the Olympic Games in 2008.

“I think it showed that I wasn’t in the best of shape,” he said, after rushing over to congratulate Gay on his victory.

“I’m not unbeatable. I can be beaten and it showed today.”

Bolt added that he wouldn’t be surprised if he loses again this year, but warned it will not happen come game time next year when he is set to defend his world sprint titles.

“This is my easy season,” he revealed.

“If you don’t beat me this season it’s not going to happen next season because next year is a championship year.”

A recent report from Bolt’s camp stated that his coach Glen Mills has a major plan for the sprint ace and allowing him to recover from two hectic back-to-back seasons in 2008 and 2009 is only way to get him up and running when it matters next season.

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