Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has said he didn't run a perfect race during his 100 meter gold medal win at the London Olympics on Sunday, and added that he could easily run faster than this race.
Bolt created a new Olympic record when he completed the 100m sprint in just 9.63 seconds, which is the second fastest race ever, and the Jamaican claimed keeping a close watch on his competitors throughout meant he took his eye off his biggest opponent Yohan Blake.
"I never remembered I was running against the clock until I had 30 metres to go. Then it popped into my head, world record! I looked across to the clock, but it was too late to really do anything about," The Daily Mirror quoted Bolt, as saying.
"It's still a fast time, the second fastest ever, but I won't say it was the perfect race, because I know my coach would disagree," he added.
Bolt, who became just the second man after legendary Carl Lewis to defend his 100m title at consecutive Olympics, said repeating his show-stopping, jaw-dropping triumph in Beijing was the biggest challenge he has ever faced.
"The most difficult thing, without a doubt, is to repeat. Hands down, defending a title is harder than anything else," Bolt said.
"When you get to the top, you're there. You're still working and enjoying it, but sometimes you lose sight of what's going on around you because everybody is praising you, saying you're great," he added.