Bolt eyes triple 'three-peat' and sub-19 200m

Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:14pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint king Usain Bolt aims to crown his legacy with an unprecedented Olympic three-peat at the Rio Games, and to top that off by running the first ever sub-19 seconds 200 meters.

The long-striding Jamaican suggested he might not stop there, leaving open the chance he could extend his career beyond the 2017 season he has said would be his last.

Bolt has already swept the 100 and 200m sprints at the last two Olympics and added gold in the 4x100 relays in both Beijing (2008) and London (2012) with his Jamaican team mates.

"Just to defend my titles, to do the three-peat. That's my main goal. That's my main focus," Bolt told Reuters on Tuesday after helping sponsors Hublot open their biggest U.S. fine watch store with a grand opening on Fifth Avenue.

"My secondary goal is to try and run sub-19," added Bolt, who set the world 200m record of 19.19 in 2009. "That's something I really want and I hope that everything goes smoothly and I can get it. That would be a big step for me."

Bolt said he has been gradually rounding into shape after dealing with ankle problems.

"I'm feeling OK," he said. "My coach says my fitness is not exactly where he wants it to be.

"Starting out this season I had a problem with my ankles and it was a setback but not that bad. We're getting back on track and he's happy with the progress I'm making."   Continued...

(L-R) Former soccer player Pele and Olympic printer Usain Bolt pose during a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the flagship "Hublot" store on Fifth Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., April 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly