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Coach will make decisions, says Bolt

4 June 2008

By Gary Smith

Usain Bolt may be the fastest-man on the planet, but his coach, Glen Mills said all the decisions about what he runs at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, this summer, will be made by him in the coming weeks.

Following Bolt’s superb 9.72-seconds world record in New York, at the weekend, the media was flooded with quotes about his decision to double in Beijing.

"I will be definitely going for the double (at the Olympics)," Bolt said after breaking the record on Sunday. "I broke the record, so I guess that's made the decision easier."

However, despite those comments, Mills said no absolute decision has been made about what Bolt will run at the Olympics - adding that the decision is not Bolt’s to make.

"It is not really his decision to make," Mills said. "If he wants to, maybe that's his way of telling me."

The veteran coach, however, confirmed that Bolt will definitely be run the 100m and 200m at the Jamaica Championships in Kingston, at the end of this month.

"He is going to double in the trials because if he doesn't, he would be forcing himself to make a decision this month about the Olympics," Mills said.

Bolt has run five competitive open 100-metres in his career, three of which came in the last month.

After opening the season with what then was a career best equalling time of 10.03-secs, the young sprinter stunned the National Stadium in Kingston, with a sizzling 9.76-secs performance.

He then traveled to Trinidad and ran 9.92 at the Hampton Games in Port of Spain, before shattering Asafa Powell’s 9.74secs former world-record in New York.

The 21-year-old said he and his coach had no idea he was so sharp this early in season. They were using the 100 for "speed work" – seeing that Bolt was starting to complain about running the more exhausting 400m races.

"We were doing the 100m for speed work, really," he told the press last Thursday before the Reebok meet.

"My coach told me we'd be doing more 100s this season, but not to get my hopes up about running it in the Olympics."

With the ease in which he ran his 10.03 at the beginning of the season, the decision was merely a 50/50 chance of him running the 100m at the Jamaica trials to earn his place on the 4x100 relay team, but how times have changed.

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