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Bolt ready to run even faster in London

16 July 2008
www.world-track.org

Jamaica 100m world record holder Usain Bolt has promised to deliver something special when he takes the track to run the 200m at the Aviva London Grand Prix meeting next weekend.

The Jamaican set a new 100 meters world record in May, but is concentrating on the longer sprint in the build-up to the Beijing Olympics next month.

By opting for the 200m, Bolt won't be facing sprint rivals Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, who will be running the 100 in London on the same night.

But the three are set for a classic showdown in the 100 meters in at he Games.

"Despite the fact I have been mainly running 100 meters this season, I still see the 200 meters as my best event," Bolt said in a statement Wednesday.

"I know I am capable of something very special over the longer distance. I can't wait to get out there and show just what I can do over 200 meters."

Bolt gave fresh evidence of his fine form by running the fastest time in the 200 this year, winning in 19.67 seconds on Sunday at the Tsiklitiria Athens Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old Jamaican is now the fifth fastest man of all time in the 200 and has his eyes on the world record of 19.32 seconds set by Michael Johnson at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

Fellow Jamaican Powell held the 100 record of 9.74 seconds until May 31, when Bolt ran 9.72 at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York.

The star-studded London Grand Prix will be one of the last chances for athletes to test their abilities ahead of the Olympics which start on August 9.



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