The Courier-Mail

Usain proud of imposing 200m reign

- SCOTT GULLAN

WHILE the world marvels at the 100m, Usain Bolt’s favourite has always been the 200m.

It is what he did as a junior in Jamaica and after winning his 10th world title in the event, the superstar revealed his motivation.

“The 200m means more,” he said.

“I run 100m just for the people and for my coach.

“I really put more hard work into it and did my best. It means a lot to me.

“I knew I was not in the shape for a world record.

“When it comes to the 200m, I am a different person, I was beaten there only once.

“It is a great present, to me and to the country. My four world championsh­ips gold medals in the 200m, this is a great accomplish­ment.”

It was obvious from his celebratio­ns on the line how much it meant, given the doubters had been out in force in the lead-up to the championsh­ips.

Bolt’s injury problems and the form of American Justin Gatlin – he was easily the fastest in both sprint events throughout the year – had people worried. So was the man himself? “The only thing I was really worried about was the fact that I didn’t get to race a lot through the season,” Bolt said.

“But the rounds really helped me, and the more I ran the better I felt.”

Bolt, 29, hinted he might reassess his plans to continue on to the 2017 London world championsh­ips.

“It’s all about how I feel after Rio (Olympics next year),” he said. “If I can put my body through another season, that will determine the future.”

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