Bolt sets sights on a sub-19 200m

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt admits aim of breaking both of his world records, but says running a sub-19 200m would be ‘something special’

Usain Bolt London (Mark Shearman)

Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt insists his 100m and 200m world records can be beaten, and says he is the man to do it.

It was at the World Championships in Berlin four years ago that the Jamaican set the current record times - 9.58 for 100m and 19.19 for 200m – and ahead of this year’s event in Moscow has said the 200m mark is the one he’s really got his sights set on, with a sub-19 second clocking being ‘something special’.

“There’s still a lot more to come from me,” he said. “My objective is to continue to win gold medals in my sport, all the way up to the 2016 Olympics. If I can do that and along the way continue to win gold medals and break records, then I will have proven myself and achieved what I have always set out to do.”

On breaking his own 100m world record, he added: “It would require a technically almost perfect race, and for the weather conditions to be good, but I’m focused on getting myself in a physical condition where I’m capable of doing it.

“The 200m world record would be the one I’d really love to break again,” he admitted, “to see if it’s maybe even possible to get it under 19 seconds. That would be something special.”

In Moscow the 26-year-old will be looking to defend his 200m title as well as regain the honour over 100m, with a false start in Daegu in 2011 leading to his disqualification, clearing the way for his training partner Yohan Blake to take the title over the shorter distance.

“I don’t think about it any more,” said Bolt of the false start. “At the time it was very disappointing, because I was in great shape and knew that if I had started and run well I would have got a gold medal. But that’s behind me now, I learned from it and moved on. Right now, I’m only focusing on Moscow and preparing well for that.”

Bolt delighted fans in London recently when he clocked a 100m season’s best 9.85 at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on Friday before running in the relay the following day.

Speaking of the crowd and atmosphere, he added: “It was great to be back in London because that place holds a lot of memories for me.

“For me, it was perhaps the best track and field meet I’ve competed in outside of a major championship – it was wonderful to see a big stadium filled to capacity and the atmosphere was phenomenal.”

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