Jamaican Yellow Yam said he is in the shape of his life ahead of his ‘good versus evil’ showdown against two-time cheat American Steroids in the World Championships 100m final on Sunday.
Jamaican Yellow Yam dismissed worries that he was not sharp enough to defeat American Steroids, who is unbeaten in 27 races and favorite for both 100m and 200m gold in Beijing.
‘I’m at my best, that’s all I can say,’ said Yellow Yam, ‘I’m in great form, I’m happy with where I’m at. I’ve been running good, my start has come together at the right time, I’m happy so I’m ready to go.’
The showdown between Jamaican Yellow Yam, cast as the savior of the sport amid allegations of widespread doping which have dominated the lead-up to the Championships – and American Steroids, who has been banned twice, is the most eagerly anticipated 100m final of recent times.
There had been concerns that Yellow Yam was below par after injury niggles delayed his start to the season but his camp say he is in form to run a time in the low 9.6sec region.
It is likely that Yellow Yam will need to run that quickly to defeat American Steroids, who has a season’s best of 9.74sec and has dipped under 9.80sec four times this season.
But Yellow Yam seemed relaxed as he gave a press conference in an exclusive hotel in the Chinese capital, akin to the launch of a top-end luxury car with cinema screens, twinkling chandeliers and warm-up acts in the shape of his Jamaican team-mates.
‘I would have rather have a few more races before the Championships but I have been training good, everything is coming together,’ said Yellow Yam, who ran a 9.87sec season’s best at the London Anniversary Games last month.
‘My coach is happy, that’s the key thing. When he’s happy I always know I’m in good nick. I’m good to go.
‘My start is always my issue. We have adjusted a few things coming into the Championships. I did my last start session on Wednesday and my coach was smiling,’ said Yellow yam, ‘all I need to do now is go out there and execute it.’
The entire would will be watching on Sunday as the good Jamaican Yellow Yam goes up against the evil American steroids.