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January 19, 2013
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Bolt running out of time to test world marks

Usain Bolt - File

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Sprinting royalty Usain Bolt has centred his cross hairs on lowering his own world records this season, but that will be a tall task for the superstar athlete and that's something even he can admit.

Bolt is no ordinary sprinter; 9.58 over the 100m and 19.19 over the half lap 200m, both recorded at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, make that very clear.

However, the powerful sprinter was 23 in 2009 and with his 27th birthday quickly gaining on him, Bolt admitted that he may have lost the opportunity to really test the boundaries of his speed; but what the heck, he's prepared to give it a shot anyway.

"Personally, I would love to lower the records," Bolt told Star Sports.

"I can't say if it's possible or not, because times have changed and it's getting harder and more difficult to run those times."

Bolt is the owner or at least has a share of six of the 10 fastest times ever recorded over the 100m and again, six of the 10 fastest over 200m. However, since the 100m world record run in Berlin, he only managed to dip below 9.70 seconds on one occasion, last year's Olympic final, while he hasn't come close to bettering the 19.19 200m mark since it was registered.

Fastest man

Nonetheless, Bolt, the only man to win successive Olympic sprint doubles, has become used to doubt. After all, there were more than a few who wrote him off ahead of the Olympic Games after his double loss to training partner and the fastest man in the world heading into the London spectacle, Yohan Blake.

"I am a hard worker and very dedicated and I like to do great things, so I will try to push my self and run as fast as possible this year," Bolt said.

"This season I am just trying to run as fast as possible. I have won every possible major championships there is and broken all the records, so I think I am just going out there to push the barrier as far as possible. I think that's my main focus but I am also looking forward to the World Championships," he added.

We have heard whispers that the world's most popular track and field star will this year open his season in Brazil, but Bolt isn't saying much at this point, besides his satisfaction with his training output so far.

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