Bolt aiming to crack 19 seconds in 200 meters

Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:22pm EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt has already started his preparations for next year's Rio Games and has sent a warning to his competitors -- he thinks he is capable of breaking 19 seconds in the 200 meters.

Bolt's record of 19.19 seconds for the 200 has stood since Aug. 20, 2009, four days after he set the 100m record of 9.58 seconds, both at the world athletics championships in Berlin.

"I really want to run under 19 seconds," Bolt told Reuters from his training base at the University of West Indies in Kingston as he began preparations for next year's Rio Olympics. "It's one of my major goals.

"I think it's one of the toughest ones, because it's going to be hard to find the right day and sometime the perfect race to get this (200m record).

"It will not be an easy task, but I personally feel I can do it and my coach (Glen Mills) thinks I can do it so it is just about the work and finding the perfect time to do it, so it is one of the things (for 2016)."

Bolt is seeking to become the first man to win three successive Olympic titles in the sprint events and the 4x100m relay in Rio.

The lanky Jamaican shrugged off a nagging pelvic injury this year to win three golds at the Beijing world championships in August, which included ending American Justin Gatlin's almost two-year unbeaten run over both the 100 and 200 meters.

Gatlin has already said he feels he is closing the gap on his Jamaican competitor, having only lost the 100m final in Beijing by 0.01 seconds. Bolt won the 200 more comfortably.   Continued...

Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after winning the men's 200 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 27, 2015.      REUTERS/David Gray