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Not interested in 400m, Mills says Bolt sticking to 100/200 for now

24 September 2008

By Gary Smith

Despite numerous calls for Usain Bolt to boldly take a swipe at the 400-metres his coach Glen Mills says the sprint marvel is not interesting and is quite content with continuing to run shorter distances.

"I don't know right now. Usain is not interesting in running the 400m right now," Mills said.

"He is excited about running 100m and the 200m is his favourite event so he stops there."

For a country such as Jamaica which is always amongst the front-runners in the quarter-mile, their performance on the world scene as has been somewhat disappointing in the last few seasons.

There latest setback came at the Beijing Olympics where no individual runner made it past the semi-final round and then the 4x400 team trailed home last in the final, this after struggling to keep up with the pace earlier on.

But while there are those who believe the Bolt, 22, can become the best all-round sprinter of all-time, Mills said the sprinter would stay focus on the 100/200, but feels there are possibilities of him running the 4x400m.

"If we can come up with a high profile team maybe we can get him to run a leg on the 4x400," the coach stated.

Bolt currently holds the world record in both the 100m and 200m, at 9.69-seconds and 19.30secs. His best over the quarter-mile is 45.28, something even top 400m coach Clyde Hart believes can improve significantly.

In fact, Hart, the former coach of two of the best 400m runners, Michael Johnson and Jeremy Wariner, thinks Bolt can go faster than 43-seconds should he apply himself to the right programme.

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