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Usain Bolt says “I know I am clean”

Usain Bolt spoke for the first time since fellow members of the Jamaican team failed drug tests. (Leon Neal / AFP Getty Images)

Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, got that way honestly and cleanly, he said today in his first public comments since two of his fellow Jamaican sprinters and American rival Tyson Gay failed doping tests July 14.

“I was made to inspire people and to run, and I was given the gift and that’s what I do,” Bolt, a six-time Olympic champion said today in London (via the Associated Press), where he will compete in the Anniversary Games. “I am confident in myself and my team, the people I work with. And I know I am clean.

“So I’m just going to continue running, using my talent and just trying to improve the sport.”

Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson tested positive for the banned substance oxilofrone, rocking the Jamaican team, at Jamaica’s national championships last month. Allison Randall and two others also tested positive at that meet.

“Definitely, it’s going to set us back a little bit,” Bolt, who won three medals in the London Olympics last summer, said. “But as a person, I can’t focus on this.”

Powell and Gay said their failed drug tests occurred because they trusted people they didn’t know terribly well. Bolt said he takes only vitamins, not supplements, and has confidence in his inner circle.

“What?! I am clean,” Bolt said. “You have to be careful as an athlete what you do and what you ingest, the food you eat and stuff like that.

“But I am not worried because … I have a great team around me to make sure everything go smoothly.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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