bolt warns 'spoiled' male sprinters

16:00    10 Jul 2019

Usain Bolt
The eight time Olympic gold medalist has claimed that Jamaica's young sprinters lack motivation and the hunger to succeed.

While the Caribbean nation's women sprinters have continued to excel in build-up to the IAAF World Championships in Doha, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson jointly boasting the year's best time of 10.73 seconds in the 100m, Jamaica's male dominance has dwindled.

Bolt, 32, believes the motivation level amongst the male sprinters has declined since he ended his career two years ago.

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"I don’t think it is going to get any better because I think these youngsters are a little bit spoiled,” Bolt told Reuters in Kingston on Tuesday.

“I must say yes about that when it comes to sprinting in Jamaica right now on the male side.

“When I was around I think the motivation was there and we worked hard and the level was high, but now that I have left the sport, I feel like it has dropped.

"Not that I’m saying (it's) because I left the sport, but now that I have left, it has dropped for me and Glen Mills, who is a top coach that I look up to," he concluded.

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