Time to set new 200 record – Bolt

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JA­MAICAN sprint star Usain Bolt has set his sights on break­ing his own 200-me­tre world record in 2014 with no com­pe­ti­tions to dis­tract his fo­cus.

Bolt, who was last week named IAAF male World Ath­lete of the Year for a fifth time, cap­tured yet another triple-gold haul at the world cham­pi­onships in Moscow this year, de­fend­ing his 100m and 200m ti­tles be­fore an­chor­ing the Ja­maican team to vic­tory in the 4x100 re­lay.

But records were off the agenda for Bolt this year de­spite claim­ing the world-lead­ing 200 time in Moscow – a sit­u­a­tion the 27-yearold is keen to rec­tify as he plans his strat­egy for 2014.

“Def­i­nitely for this sea­son me and my coach have de­cided to fo­cus on run­ning faster be­cause there is no cham­pi­onship, so we are def­i­nitely tar­get­ing the 200 me­tres,” Bolt said dur­ing a visit to Tokyo’s Olympic Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

“We’ll see what hap­pens. Hope­fully I can stay in­jury-free and ev­ery­thing will go well this sea­son and I can break the world record.”

Bolt set the cur­rent 200 world mark of 19.19 sec and the 100 record of 9.58 sec at the world cham­pi­onships in Ber­lin in 2009.

“It’s all about not get­ting in­jured this sea­son,” said Bolt. “That’s my fo­cus, and then we’re go­ing to try to push... and hope­fully get the world record and it will all work out.

“We’re go­ing to to run a lot more 200 this sea­son and we’ll see if we can get it done.”

Six-time Olympic gold-medal win­ner Bolt ear­lier this year in­di­cated that the 2016 Rio Games would be the swan­song to his glit­ter­ing ca­reer at the age of 30, be­fore hint­ing in Septem­ber that he could carry on for another year.

But Bolt re­vealed yes­ter­day that his coach be­lieves he is ca­pa­ble of con­tin­u­ing un­til the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, even if the ath­lete him­self does not share his en­thu­si­asm. – Sapa-AFP

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