Usain Bolt dispelled any concerns over his early-season form by blasting to a convincing victory in the 200m at the Bislett Games.
But the six-time Olympic gold medallist and world record holder in both the 100 and 200m, faces the daunting prospect of having to negotiate the Jamaican national trials to compete in the 100m in the August 10-18 World Athletics Championships.
It means Bolt returns home for a debriefing with his coach Glen Mills before tackling the ultra-competitive world of Jamaican 100m running, despite having twice run under the qualifying time of 10.15sec already this season.
A top-three finish would see him qualify for the 100m and 4x100m relay team.
There is no need to impress on Bolt the dangers of the national trials, after Blake beat him in the pre-Olympic champs over both distances, although the two are unlikely to meet in the June 21-23 Kingston meet.
“Now I’m heading back to Jamaica and will prepare for the world championships,” said Bolt after his victory late on Thursday. “I love to compete at home. I’ll go to the trials to try to win, but it’s all about the qualification.”
Bolt certainly impressed over the 200m in Oslo, setting a new Bislett Stadium meet record of 19.79sec despite cold conditions and the fact that European champion Chu-randy Martina was disqualified for a false start.
The victory was a welcome tonic after his defeat by American Justin Gatlin in the Rome meet of the Diamond League. That brought his tally to just five losses in his professional career since taking the world of sprinting by storm at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, including defeats by compatriot Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay.
“Year after year, people come to try to beat Usain Bolt. But you cannot focus on one person because you never know who’s going to show up the next day,” he said, citing Gatlin’s loss to Christophe Lemaitre just days after his Rome victory.