* Photo by Ras Mykkal.
Speed to burn: Xavier James is trying to qualify for his second Olympics. Last week the 100 metres specialist ran a 10:53 in the Tennessee Relays.
* Photo by Ras Mykkal. Speed to burn: Xavier James is trying to qualify for his second Olympics. Last week the 100 metres specialist ran a 10:53 in the Tennessee Relays.
Bermuda's top sprinter Xavier James will be back in the States this weekend trying to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.

The 100m runner has been at track meets on the east coast for the past two weekends, clocking a best time of 10.53 - just shy of the 10.28 he needs to make the cut for the Games.

But James, who represented Bermuda at Athens 2004, believes there is plenty of time to improve.

"Those were my first three competitive races. It gives me a chance to know what I've got to work on.

"It's more mental than physical right now. I'm in great shape. It's just a case of putting it all together in a race.

"There's a few little kinks I need to iron out."

James ran 10.74 at the Tiger Classic in Alabama on April 5 - his first race of the season. But his bid was hampered by having to sleep at the airport after bad weather grounded his flight in Atlanta.

"I only got there half an hour before the race," lamented James, who spent the following week at a training camp in Atlanta before running 10.53 at the Tennessee relays and 10.54 at the Boston Moon Classic last weekend.

"My first 20m is what I have got to work on. I just didn't feel comfortable in the blocks."

Primary school teacher James, who trains every evening at the National Sports Centre, is confident he'll make the Olympic cut.

"I feel strong, I know what I have to work on and I'm pretty sure I'll be faster over the next couple of races."

James is planning on travelling to a meet in either Nashville or New York this weekend.