A PROUD Usain Bolt will carry the Jamaican flag at tonight's opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics adamant he is fit for the real business of retaining his titles.
The world's fastest man is relishing the honour of taking on the role of flag-bearer, one that will sit comfortably with a born showman.
For my country, I'll do anything," the 25-year-old Jamaican said.
A repeat of his record-breaking feats from Beijing four years ago, when he took gold in the 100 and 200 metres, would be most in order from his legions of fans back home. A Games build-up dominated by injury doubts has tempered such lofty expectations, but, with eight days to go until the heats of the 100m, Bolt insists concern is unnecessary and he is "ready to go".
"I have been training great over the past two and a half weeks so everything is coming together," he said.
"I had slight problems but nothing too serious. I'm just focused on winning, at championships I never think of losing.
"I know my competitors, it's all about defending my titles. I'd definitely be disappointed if I didn't win. It's what I've worked for."