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Usain Bolt tipped to put on 200m show

Former Olympic gold medallist Maurice Greene is backing Usain Bolt to bounce back from his 100 metres disappointment with a “very, very, very fast” run in the 200m at the World Championships.

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Defending champion and world record holder Bolt was disqualified from the 100m final on Sunday evening for a false start, with his fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake going on to claim the title.

Bolt will now look to put that setback behind him when he attempts to retain his 200m crown later this week, and one-time sprint king Greene is expecting the 25-year-old to come out with intent.

“I think he’s going to be focused and for this 200 metres I think he’s going to run very, very, very fast,” Eurosport pundit Greene told Press Association Sport.

“I think his pride is hurt right now because he wasn’t able to come out and defend his World Championship title. His pride is hurt and I think he’s going to come out here and try to prove something.”

The 200m heats and semi-finals take place on Friday, with the final on Saturday.

Bolt’s shock 100m exit re-opened debate over the false-start rule, with the sport’s world governing body set to discuss the issue on Sunday.

The rule, which was introduced for the 2010 season and disqualifies anyone making a single false start, has not been universally popular.

And 37-year-old Greene, who once held the 100m world record and claimed seven Olympic and World Championship gold medals in total, is not a fan either.

“I never liked the rule in the first place. When they changed the rule from the person getting two false starts to a person getting one false start, I didn’t like that rule. And now we don’t get any false starts and we’re out and I hate that rule also,” said the American.

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Usain Bolt tipped to put on 200m show

Former Olympic gold medallist Maurice Greene is backing Usain Bolt to bounce back from his 100 metres disappointment with a “very, very, very fast” run in the 200m at the World Championships.

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