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Bolt leaving all decisions to his coach

13 May 2008

By Gary Smith

Ever since his remarkable 9.76 seconds performance at the Jamaica Invitational in Kingston on May 2, everyone has become an adviser for Jamaican young sprint sensation Usain Bolt.

The World silver medallist was seen as a 200-metre speciallist who would do considerably well running the 400m, seeing that his personal best of 45.28-seconds, achieved last season, will always be under threat anytime he decides to have a crack.

However, he shocked the entire National Stadium in Kingston, while raising a few eyebrows overseas, with his stellar performance under no serious threat.

The performance was the second fastest time in the history of 100m running – an achievement that has many calling for the youngster to attempt the 100m and 200m sprint double at the National Championships and, even further, by doing the same at the Olympic Games.

In spite of this, the sprinter has no intentions to get too carried away at this moment and is just willing to wait on his coach to decide what is best for him.

"It's all about what my coach thinks," Bolt said when asked what event or events he would be contesting this summer.

"I don't want to double. But if my coach thinks I can double then I will double."

Bolt’s intention is to see what event best suits him this season and then work on getting that right for the Olympics.

"I have suggested to my coach that, maybe at this stage, I do one event in Beijing," he said. "I am not sure which one he wants me to do. I may do the 200.

"The 100 is more prestigious and people look up to the 100 champion a lot more. I think it would be good to win the gold in the 100, but that's up to my coach," he added.

The next 100m outing for the world junior 200m record holder is in Trinidad on May 18, but you can bet the focus will be on his date with American champion, Tyson Gay, the world sprint double champion from Osaka, Japan, last August.

The duo is scheduled to race against each other and perhaps Bahamian Derrick Atkins, the world silver medallist, at the New York Grand Prix on May 31 and Bolt is already looking forward to that clash.

"I always look forward to running against Tyson Gay because he is one of the better athletes," Bolt said. "I am really looking forward to competing with him."

Should Bolt produce another sub-10 seconds clocking in his next race, one wonders what the next step will be. But, at this point in time the hopes are high and the youngster is pumped.

The Jamaican is expected to debut in his 200m speciality, at least for now, at the Golden Spike Meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on June 12.

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