NEW YORK, November 6, 2013 (GrenadaSports) – The fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, wants to keep running and run the 200 metres in under 19 seconds and possibly as early as 2014.
Bolt, writing in his autobiography “Faster Than Lightning” and which went on bookshelves on Tuesday, said that achieving that landmark would mean having a ‘perfect’ season, similar to his exploits in 2008.
The Jamaican speedster believes achieving that feat would mean more than winning medals at the next Olympic Games.
“Supposing I don’t make any quicker times in the 100, I would love to be able to run 18-something seconds in the 200, even if it was an 18.99 race. Forget making the next Olympics and the medals, breaking that time would be an ever bigger success. I’d love to crack it, knowing that people were sitting in their homes and losing their minds at my achievement,” he scribed in his 291-page book.
“To reach that landmark pace, I would need to have the perfect season, like the one I had in ’08. I think next year could be my shot at it, though the window of opportunity is getting smaller with every campaign. The older I get, the narrower that window becomes; the harder it is for me to reach peak fitness in time for a major race.
However, he said that given what he has done in the past, he is not ruling out rounding off his track career with another world record, noting that he is the only obstacle to his progress.
“I don’t think it’s totally out of reach in the next season or so. Seriously, who would be surprised if I did it? Who’s going to stop me from going faster? The only man who can bring an end to my status as a star of track and field in the next couple of years is me, and I’m a phenomenon, a serious competitor – a legend for my generation. Believe me, my time isn’t up just yet,” he warned.
In his full autobiography, Bolt tells his story in his own words – from humble beginnings in Jamaica, to international stardom including Olympic Games in Beijing and London.
Bolt became the first man in Olympic history to win both the 100m and 200m in world record times in 2008, and etched his name in history four years later by becoming the first man to win the sprint double at consecutive Olympic Games as well as setting three world records in a single Olympic Games.
There are doubts as to whether Bolt could repeat these performances at the Rio Games in 2016. Bolt, for his part, is not too concerned about the huge challenge and expectation especially with the new crop of young and talented sprinters in Jamaica.
He said that just the thought of trying to get to Brazil is already giving him the spark, despite his age.
“If there’s a possibility that I might make it, then I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I’ve talked to Coach (Glen Mills) about our chances, and we’ve discussed the situation sensibly by looking at some of the other athletes around us. I’ll be turning 30 when Brazil comes around.”
“Some guys in track and field have run times of 9.80, 9.90 seconds at that age. If I take care of my body and if I can push myself to the limits, then I don’t doubt my ability to make 9.60 seconds in 2016. The important thing for me is to land there and compete at a high level. At least then I’ll be able to say, ‘I attempted it, I got a silver, a bronze, whatever. I was in with a chance and I tried.’ Imagine if I managed to win gold, though. The parties in Rio would be off the scale,” he said.
He said that if he is not at the top of his game by 2016 then he wants to turn to another sport, preferably football.
For now, I want to run as fast as I can and be the best in the world. When I finish with track and field I’ll change sports and move on. If I can’t race at the top level by 2016, then I want to turn my hand to another game – football, most probably, because I can play, and with enough effort I can get better.”
Authored by award-winning sport writer Matt Allen, the autobiography also acknowledged many of the people who have supported Bolt on his journey to stardom.
He cited the influence of Mills and former coaches Pablo McNeil and Fitz Coleman, his executive manager and long-time friend Nugent “NJ” Walker Jr, agent Ricky Simms and his management team including Norman Peart.
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