Bolt’s record will stay in the books – Ozil

first_imgThe World Championships in Beijing are starting in a couple of weeks. What is your favourite track and field event? “The sprints fascinate me the most, not just the event itself, but also the stars lining up at the start line.” So what is your 100m PB? “The last time I ran a timed 100m was probably back at school,” he laughs. “In training we normally focus on 40m sprints, but now that you mention it, I’d be intrigued to see how fast I could run a 100m these days.” Well, there’s only one way to find out. We’re more than happy to arrange a race. Who is your favourite track and field athlete? “I have to admit I haven’t got a favourite athlete as such, but it always makes me happy to see an athlete like Robert Harting winning awards such as Athlete of the Year in Germany. It shows how popular the sport is.” What do you think of Usain Bolt’s 100m 9.58 world record? “The time will always be synonymous with his name unless he manages to go even faster, of course. To me that is what every sports person’s goal should be: to have their performance remembered. “I believe his 9.58 will stand in the record books for quite a while until at some point in the very distant future that one-in-a-million guy will come along and beat it.” How important is running in your physical preparation? “Running obviously plays a vital part in my daily training routine more so in pre-season than during the season. It improves your stamina, you can recover quicker between two sprints, and you’re less likely to suffer from injury. “We have a lot of technically equally strong clubs in the Premier League, so it’s always beneficial to have that extra bit of horsepower in the final minutes to rely on.”last_img read more


first_imgNEIL LENNON will stay at Celtic and won’t be forced to quit by bigots, defender Daniel Majstorovic has insisted.Lennon (right), who has been repeatedly targeted by bigoted thugs and was sent bullets in the post earlier this year, did not travel to the club’s 4-1 friendly win over Finn Harps in Ballybofey yesterday on the advice of security personnel.This development followed the latest threat last Friday when a suspicious package, later identified as a hoax nail bomb, was intercepted at a sorting office in Ayrshire. Coach Alan Thompson has already expressed fears that Lennon could quit for the sake of his family at the end of the season, but Majstorovic praised the 39-year-old for remaining composed in his dealings with the players during such a stressful period.‘The gaffer is an unbelievable coach and what he has done for the club so far is really amazing,’ insisted Majstorovic after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Hamilton, during which Lennon’s name was regularly chanted by the home support.‘I haven’t noticed any difference in him recently and he still seems exactly the same. He is such a strong person with an unbelievable character.‘I think he has a great future because he knows what this club needs. He is the right man for Celtic. ‘He is a winner and someone who demands the maximum in every session. I’m delighted to be working with him.‘He is learning every day but, so far, the results and the spirit in the group have been great. He is the key to all that.”Meanwhile reports last night claimed Rangers striker Diouf has revealed he wasn’t racially abused – as has been claimed by sick Rangers fans on the internet.Diouf is attempting to defuse the growing row by speaking of his respect for Lennon and declaring: ‘He is not a racist.’The on-loan Rangers star reportedly claimed: “Neil Lennon is a nice guy and I do not believe he racially abused me. Neil Lennon is not a racist and I have every respect for him as a manager.” Stathclyde Police today begin an investigation into last Wednesday’s Old Firm game. Lennon, Diouf and Ally McCoist will all be asked to explain the events surrounding Celtic’s cup win over Rangers when three players were sent off.‘LENNON WON’T BE FORCED OUT OF CELTIC BY BIGOTS’ – INSISTS DEFENDER was last modified: March 7th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more