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article image'I'm clean': Usain Bolt credits hard work for success, not doping

By Yukio Strachan     Jul 26, 2013 in Sports
London - Six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, who will race at the London Anniversary Games this weekend, on Thursday stressed his achievements are the result of hard work and not doping. "I'm clean," he said.
The 26-year-old was speaking publicly for the first time at a news conference since fellow Jamaican and elite sprinter Asafa Powell, the former 100-meter world-record holder, and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, were among five Jamaican athletes who tested positive for banned substances over a week ago. Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic in May, according to the Jamaica-Gleaner.
Not surprisingly, according to Reuters, these developments led a journalist to ask Bolt if the public could trust the fastest man in history.
Bolt, not known for his modesty, posed a question in return: "How long have you been following Usain Bolt - maybe since 2008?"
“If you’ve been following me since 2002 you will know that I’ve been doing phenomenal things since I was 15. I was the youngest athlete ever to win the World juniors. I broke a world junior record at 18," the IAAF Diamond League news quotes Bolt saying.
“I’ve broken every record there is to break in every event I’ve ever done. I’m living the dream. I know I don’t have a problem,” he added.
Bolt will run the 100 meters on Friday in the final event of the night (2048GMT). On Saturday, he will return as part of a Jamaican 4x100m relay squad against two British quartets and others from Europe, Canada and Australia in London's Olympic Stadium.
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