Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Herculis meeting in Monaco, world record holder, Usain Bolt, says he is ‘expecting to win.’
Bolt, the guest of honour at the event, leads a packed list of top athletics talents expected to be part of the meeting at the 11th IAAF Diamond League event of the season.
Speaking at a press conference in Monaco, the Jamaica sprinter, who said he spent two weeks in Germany due to a back problem, is in a very confident mood going into Friday night’s race.
“There’s always a good field here, and lots of guys have been under 10 seconds so far this season,” Bolt said.
“But I’m here to execute a good race, to work on a few things, to get myself perfect for the big race to come next month.
“I’m always expecting to win. The moment you doubt, there’s no point showing up,” he added.
Bolt, who is expected to defend his world title at the world championship next month in London, has only ran a season best of 10.03 seconds this year, a time that sees him just the 24th fastest this year.
The Monaco meet presents most athletes competing at the Stade Louis II a last opportunity to prepare for the IAAF World Championships London 2017 from 4-13 August, and to also earn a place in the IAAF Diamond League finals in Zurich on 24 August or Brussels on 1 September.
Only those in the women’s triple jump and 3000m will have another opportunity to score more qualifying points, at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on 20 August, according to the IAAF.
Asides Bolt, other top athletes expected to take part in the Monaco meet include Wayde van Niekerk, Maria Lasitskene, Renaud Lavillenie, and South African, Caster Semenya.