Diamond League: Usain Bolt in shape for fast time in Oslo 200m

Diamond League: Oslo

  • Venue: Bislett Stadium, Oslo
  • Date and time: Thursday 13 June
  • Men's 200m start time: 20:48 BST

Coverage: Watch live on BBC Three, online, Connected TV, mobiles and BBC Sport app from 19:00-21:00 BST. Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live

Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt says he is feeling "wonderful" and is ready to run under 20 seconds for the 200m at Thursday's Diamond League meeting in Oslo.

The Jamaican has struggled for early-season form and was beaten in Rome over 100m last week by Justin Gatlin.

Bolt, 26, has been suffering with a hamstring injury but insists he is fit.

He said: "I'm in shape to run under 20 seconds. I'm feeling wonderful. If I execute right, I'll get a fast time."

Gatlin out-sprints Bolt in Rome 100m

The fastest time in the world this year is exactly 20 seconds, set by another Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade in Kingston at the start of May.

After his defeat in Rome, Bolt said he was struggling to stay motivated after a historic year in 2012, which saw him retain his Olympic titles in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay.

But he insisted he was not concerned about losing to Gatlin, and was focusing on this year's World Championships in Moscow and regaining the 100m world title he lost in Daegu in 2011.

He said: "It's just one of those things - you win some, you lose some.

"But when it comes to the championships, I always show up. I understand that I will lose every now and again but when the big time comes up I will be ready."

Bolt holds the 200m world record of 19.19 seconds and will be the strong favourite in a field in Norway that contains only three other men who have run under 20 seconds in their careers.

European 200m champion Churandy Martina of the Netherlands could provide the stiffest test, while home favourite Jaysuma Saidy Ndure and American Curtis Mitchell may also challenge.

What is the Diamond League?

  • A total of 14 meetings around the world, finishing in Brussels on 6 September
  • Visits Birmingham on 30 June for the British Grand Prix and London on 26-27 July for the 2012 Anniversary Games
  • Each one of the 32 disciplines (16 for men and 16 for women) is staged seven times during the season
  • The top three athletes at each meeting are awarded points, and the points are doubled in the final meeting
  • The athlete with the highest number of points in each discipline at the end of the season wins their Diamond League event

Great Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton lines up in the 400m hurdles in Rome against the Olympic silver medallist Lashinda Demus and the Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova.

Shakes-Drayton, the European indoor 400m champion, has been in good form this season but only managed a seventh-place finish at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene in a time of 55.74 secs. That race was won by the Russian Hejnova in a world-leading time of 53.70.

Fellow Briton Tiffany Porter will compete in the 100m hurdles, but she will not be joined by Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill after she withdrew with an Achilles injury on Monday.

There is British interest in the women's triple jump where 39-year-old Yamile Aldama takes on the Olympic silver and bronze medallists, Caterine Ibarguen of Columbia and Ukrainian Olha Saladukha.

The women's high jump boasts a strong field as two-time former world champion Blanka Vlasic continues her comeback from the injury that saw her miss the London Olympics. She will face current world and Olympic champion Anna Chicherova of Russia and her compatriot the Olympic bronze medallist Svetlana Shkolina.

European indoor 400m silver medallist Nigel Levine finished fourth in Rome last week and will race again in Oslo, as will fellow Briton Martyn Rooney, while Shara Proctor is in action in the long jump.