Bolt bent on running half-lap in 19 seconds

The 17-time Olympic and World champion and double sprint world-record holder says he is confident of lowering is world record of 19.19 over the 200 metres as he turned up for training ahead of a new track and field season.

However Bolt and other members of his Racers club mates were given the day off by Coach Glen Mills, due to the inclement weather which affected training at the club’s training base at the University of the West Indies Monday.

“The 200m world record is one of my major goals, and one of my toughest. It’s going to be hard to find the right day and the perfect race to get this, but I really want to run under 19 seconds,” Bolt said in an interview with the Jamaica Gleaner.

“I, personally, think I can do it, and so does my coach, so it’s just about putting in the work and finding the perfect time to do it,” Bolt said, noting his anticipation of an increasingly competitive season”.

Bolt returned to Jamaica after a series of promotional appearances including an appearance on the popular syndicated US TV show, The Ellen Degeneres Show.

“I’m just happy to be back, I’ve been looking forward to it. I enjoyed my vacation, but it’s really good to be back in training,” said Bolt.

“I am looking forward to the next season. It’s the Olympics, so I know that this will be one of the toughest seasons for me, and I am happy that I could finish the last season injury free – which is key – so I can go into the season fit and ready, and I can push myself to the limit”.

Bolt recovered from an injury scare to successfully defend his sprint titles at the World Championships in Beijing this summer, winning the 200m in 19.55 seconds – his fifth-fastest time in the event.

“I live for competition. It’s one of the joys to go out there to compete against the best because when you beat the best, it shows that you are the greatest,” he said.

“I look forward to my teammate, Yohan Blake, coming back; I’m looking forward to the competition. It should be fun, and it makes the sport much more exciting”.

Bolt will be aiming for gold medals in the 100m and 200m at three straight Olympic Games when he takes to the tracks in Brazil next year.


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