Bolt targeting sub-19 run, says retirement not a given
NEW YORK, CMC:
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt says he is targeting a sub-19 seconds run in the 200 metres and has cast doubt over whether he will wind up his illustrious career following the Rio Olympics in August.
The reigning World and Olympic champion in both the 100 and 200 metres is seeking to become the first athlete to win the events at three successive Olympiads, following his conquests in Beijing in 2008 and in London 2012.
"Just to do the three-peat. That's my main goal. That's my main focus," Bolt said.
"My secondary goal is to try and run sub-19. That's something I really want and I hope that everything goes smoothly and I can get it."
The 29-year-old has struggled with an ankle injury this year but has slowly worked his way back into fitness and is scheduled to make his season debut next month at the Cayman Islands Invitational.
Bolt is also expected to appear at the Ostrava Golden Spike later in May before participating at his own track club's meet, Racer's Track Club Grand Prix, in June ahead of the Jamaica trials.
Bolt said he was carefully building up his fitness with the chief objective of the Olympics in mind.
"My coach (Glen Mills) says my fitness is not exactly where he wants it to be," Bolt said.
"Starting out this season I had a problem with my ankles and it was a setback but not that bad. We're getting back on track and he's happy with the progress I'm making."
He added: "I have two months before trials and three and a half months before the championships. I'll keep pushing myself and hopefully everything smoothes out and I'll be at my best when the Olympics comes around.