Usain Bolt gave a brutal assessment of Jamaica's male sprinters and seemed to suggest they aren't training hard enough
- Usain Bolt says he's "disappointed" by Jamaica's current crop of male sprinters.
- The country was without a runner in the final of the men's 100 meter dash in Tokyo.
- "It really bothers me to know that this is where we are right now," said Bolt.
Usain Bolt gave a scathing assessment of Jamaica's current crop of male sprinters, saying he's "disappointed" in their performances, and seeming to suggest they aren't training hard enough.
The Caribbean nation was without a single contender in the final of the men's 100 meter dash at the Tokyo Olympics, with Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs winning an unlikely gold.
The last time Jamaica failed to have a runner present in the Olympic 100m final was at Sydney 2000.
It also has just one athlete, Rasheed Dwyer, in the semifinals of the men's 200 meter dash.
Bolt, the greatest men's sprinter in history, won gold in both the 100 meters and 200 meters at Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016, and told ESPN: "I felt like we had a good crop of [male] athletes for the last couple of Olympics, so for me, it really bothers me to know that this is where we are right now, where most of the world is ahead of us.
"I'm just disappointed because I think we do have the talent, it's just to harvest it and people to take the training seriously and get it done."
A number of Jamaica's potential finalists in both of the men's sprint events have been hampered by injury.
A toe injury saw 20-year-old Oblique Seville miss out on a spot in the 100m final, while Yohan Blake, who won silver in both events at London 2012, has been struggling with an injury to his leg.
The 31-year-old's time of 10.14 seconds in Sunday's semifinal wasn't enough to see him make the last eight.
"Definitely my last Olympics," Blake said after. "You know track is not easy. I won't be ungrateful. I've gained a lot. I'm still the second fastest man in history, no one can take that away from me."
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While Jamaica's male sprinters have faltered in Tokyo, the women have dominated.
The country produced a clean sweep in the final of the 100 meter dash with Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson winning gold, silver, and bronze.
Thompson-Herah and Fraser-Pryce will also compete in the final of 200 meter dash on Tuesday.
"They want to be great, they want to accomplish things in life so they work towards certain things," Bolt said of Jamaica's female sprinters.
"They want to develop and go on to do big things. I don't think that the males are there."
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