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Bolt focused on world title defence

World champion at 100m and 200m Usain Bolt has dismissed speculation over his poor form this season, and has vowed to step up a gear to defend his world titles in South Korea in August.

'Even if I lose every race before the world championships it doesn't matter to me,' the triple world record holder said. 'I'm just trying to get my form back together and my technique together and just get back to the old Usain Bolt. That's the aim and it doesn't matter what people say because I'm just focused on one thing and that's the world championships. That's all I'm focused on and I'm going to get it right.'

This year Bolt has faced some stiff comptetion in the form of Tyson Gay, who has run the fastest 100m this year at 9.79sec as well as fellow countryman Steve Mullings, who has beaten Bolt on two occasions.

Bolt will be running in the 200 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday, and former sprint champion Donovan Bayley believes it's a chance for Bolt's rivals to state their case.

'What the other athletes should now do is say, 'Oh man, he's running 9.90, maybe I've got a chance,' Bailey said. 'They need to take their chance now.'

But Bolt claims that he'll be feeling no pressure when tackling the 200m for the first time in more than a year in the Bislett stadium. 'I'm never nervous in the 200m,' he confessed. 'I'm much more comfortable in the 200m because I've been training for years.'

Still, all eyes will be on the big man from Jamaica to see how he fares.

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