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Bolt to resume 200m work-out, after running 100m world-record

3 June 2008
www.world-track.org

By Gary Smith

Newly crowned world 100-metre record holder Usain Bolt has said that he will be focusing more on his 200m preparations for this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing, China, now that he has accomplished the world mark for the shorter sprint.

"Right now I am just trying to work on my 200m because I did a lot of 100m training," he said. "It's really time to focus on my 200m.

"I've been doing the 200m for six years," he explained. "I've been working hard on that race for a long time. I think I can be the best there, too."

Bolt, who ran 20.72 as a 15-year-old at the World junior Championships in Kingston in 2002, was seen as a 200m speciallist, but at the Reebok Grand Prix Saturday night in New York City, the Jamaican dominated the men’s 100m with a world record performance of 9.72-seconds to totally erase that perception.

His performance removed the previous mark set by fellow countryman Asafa Powell, who last September recorded a time of 9.74 at an IAAF meeting in Italy and he said he will definitely be going after the double in Beijing.

"I will be definitely going for the double," he told reporters on Sunday. "I broke the record, so I guess that's made the decision easier.

"I am now the fastest man in the world, so I have to run it. You just tell yourself that you have to do it," he added.

The 21-year-old admits to wanting to try the 100m-200m program for a shot at the sprint double in Beijing, but said his coach wanted to see how well he would do in a couple of races in the shorter distant before making a final decision.

"It was my coach's decision to wait until after this race," said Bolt. "I feel my chances are very good because I have been working hard.

"I have been doing well throughout the season so far, I think I have a pretty good chance of winning the 100m. Right now, the 100m definitely is where I stand a better chance [for a gold medal]."



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