Bolt says his best is yet to come

Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:44am EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Six-times Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt and his coach Glen Mills believe the Jamaican sprinter can run even faster as he targets the 2015 world championships and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

It has been five years since Bolt set the 100m world record of 9.58 seconds and the 200m best of 19.19 at the Berlin world championships, and this season began late for him as he recovered from minor foot surgery and a hamstring injury.

The lanky Jamaican missed nine weeks of training after having surgery on his left foot in March but shrugged off any suggestion that he might be past his best as prepares for the sprint relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month.

"Personally I don't think so," Bolt, 27, told Reuters at his training base in Kingston when asked if his fastest times were now behind him.

"It's all about just being dedicated. Every year I've been injured at some part of the season, so the key thing is try to stay injury-free, try to be more focused on track and field and not be distracted by other things.

"Try to cut down a little on the sponsor-duty things and stuff like that for the upcoming season, try to limit it as much as possible. Then I can put in a lot more work and I'll have more time to work and stay fit and to be focused."

Coach Mills, who has guided Bolt to his six Olympic golds and a record 10 world championships medals since 2007, also believes the sprinter is capable of running faster.

"I wouldn't say that we have seen the best of him," Mills told Reuters after putting Bolt through a sprint workout. "I think that he's capable of more (speed), if he has (injury) uninterrupted preparation."   Continued...

Jun 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Track star Usain Bolt (left) sits court side during the second quarter of game four of the 2014 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports