Bolt focus on 200 in quest to break 19-second barrier

Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:08pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Usain Bolt has two main goals still to achieve in his brilliant sprinting career and may offer a peak of his progress toward one of them at the Adidas Grand Prix athletics meet on Saturday.

Bolt is running the 200 meters at Randall's Island, the distance he is focusing on in a quest to smash his own world record of 19.19 and break the 19-second barrier.

"I have two more main goals that I want to get," Bolt, 28, told a news conference on Friday.

"The hardest one is trying to get under 19 seconds," said Bolt, who set the world record at the 2009 world championships.

The other is to sweep the Olympics sprints for a third time in Rio next year.

He has six gold medals after winning the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 meters relay at both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games.

"Those are my two big goals. That's what keeps me going, keeps me motivated. Next season is going to be a big season, but I have to take it one step at a time."

Other featured athletes in the Diamond League meet include Olympic champions David Rudisha of Kenya in the 800 meters and women's pole vaulter Jenn Suhr, while American sprinter Tyson Gay faces a trio of Jamaicans in the 100 meters.   Continued...

Usain Bolt poses for a portrait in New York June 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson