Rio and records - Bolt targets Olympic dominance and 200m mark

October 13, 2015
Bolt (left) and Weir

Sprinting superstar Usain Bolt says he is looking forward to doing something special at next year's Olympic Games and is confident that he can lower his 200m world record, which now stands at 19.19 seconds.

Bolt was scheduled to start his background training yesterday after a globe-trotting vacation that took him from Oktoberfest frolicking to a guest appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

He along with his Racers Track Club training partners were however, given the day off by coach Glen Mills due to heavy showers, but Bolt, who is now expected to start his programme on Tuesday, made his objectives clear.

"I am looking forward to the next season. It's the Olympics so I know that this will be one of the toughest seasons for me," Bolt said.

"Its going to be big and its going to be exciting because I really want to do extremely well at this one and push the barrier so I am looking forward to it," added Bolt.The 'barrier' is currently set at 19.19 seconds in the 200m - an event that the 29 year-old has repeatedly identified as his favourite.

lower THE MARK

He is certain that he can lower that mark and break the 19 seconds barrier in 2016 but is also aware that it will require perfect conditions and his best shape.

"The 200m world record is one of my major goals and one of my toughest. Its going to be hard to find the right day and the perfect race to get this but I really want to run under 19 seconds. I personally think I can do it and so does my coach," Bolt said.Bolt also took time to comment on the competition he is expecting to face in the coming season, with his training partner Yohan Blake expected to join American Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell as the likely challengers at the Olympic Games.

"I live for competition, its one of the joys to go out there to compete against the best because when you beat the best it shows that you are the greatest ... it should be fun and it makes the sport much more exciting," said Bolt.

Bolt is looking to win gold medals in the 100m and 200m at three straight Olympic Games.

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