Catch me if you can, says world’s fastest man af­ter triple

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE

Usain Bolt may have two more races to run this sea­son, but his thoughts have al­ready turned to hol­i­days af­ter he notched up a sec­ond tre­ble gold at the world ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships.

The 26-year-old won the 100 and 200m in­di­vid­ual ti­tles in dom­i­nant fash­ion at Luzh­niki Sta­dium and ap­pro­pri­ately an­chored the Ja­maican team to vic­tory in the 4x100m re­lay, the fi­nal event of the nine-day com­pe­ti­tion.

His world medal haul now stands at eight golds, the same as Amer­i­can women’s 200m spe­cial­ist Allyson Felix and re­tired US track stars Carl Lewis and Michael John­son.

“I work hard and will con­tinue work­ing hard and push­ing my­self. I try and do my best at all times,” said Bolt, who re­fused to be drawn on who was the bet­ter ath­lete be­tween him and Lewis.

“I re­ally can’t say,” he said. “I’m just do­ing what I’ve got to do.”

Bolt, who is due to race at Zurich and the sea­son-end­ing Brus­sels meet in the Di­a­mond League, said: “Any­thing is pos­si­ble — that’s my motto in track and field.

“I’ll give my all and hope to get three (more medals),” he said when asked about his plans for the next world cham­pi­onships, in Bei­jing in 2015.

“The rest of the ath­letes have got to step up and push hard.”

But while the Ja­maican said he “over­comes any ob­sta­cles that get in the way”, he did ad­mit to feel­ing the creep­ing pains of age.

“Yes, def­i­nitely,” he said. “Ev­ery year it gets harder. You get older and it gets harder. The more you run, the harder it is, but you keep push­ing your­self.”

In a frank ad­mis­sion, Bolt also took aim at the or­ga­niz­ers of the world cham­pi­onships, which took some time to build a de­cent at­mos­phere and notably did not even en­joy a full sta­dium for the 100m fi­nal, nor­mally viewed as the show­case event of track and field.

“It’s been a dif­fer­ent cham­pi­onships, not the best,” Bolt said.

“It got bet­ter over days, they changed a few things. Peo­ple got more re­laxed, peo­ple started smil­ing, they got more peo­ple in the sta­dium and it re­ally picked up at the end.

“I’m used to go­ing to the 100m fi­nal with the sta­dium jammed.”

The world of sprint­ing had been hit hard in the run-up to the cham­pi­onships with a raft of pos­i­tive dop­ing cases, notably Amer­i­can Tyson Gay and Ja­maican Asafa Pow­ell, tar­nish­ing track and field as a whole.

But vet­eran Justin Gatlin, who an­chored the US team to sil­ver to go along with his in­di­vid­ual 100m sil­ver, in­sisted the sport is healthy.

Gatlin is one of the high­est-pro­file ath­letes com­pet­ing to have fallen foul of drugs, hav­ing served a fouryear ban for tak­ing banned sub­stances, but said: “The sport’s in a good place. We still are the sport.

“We put on a good show­ing here in Moscow. The ex­cite­ment of track and field is still there and it is still mag­i­cal.”

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