Usain Bolt next target: 2016 Rio Olympics

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MOSCOW: Usain Bolt revealed a track master plan that includes defending his Olympic sprint titles in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after powering to a third successive world 200m title on Saturday.

It was the Jamaican’s seventh world gold medal after winning the 100 and 200m at the Berlin worlds in 2009, the 200m in Daegu in 2011, the 100m in Moscow on Sunday and golds as part of the winning Jamaican 4x100m relay squads in both 2009 and 2011.

Bolt now has the opportunity to draw level with the present mark of eight world gold medals won by retired American duo Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson when he races the 4x100m relay on Sunday.

But the 26-year-old, who also has six Olympic golds to his name, insisted that that record counted for nothing.


“My main goal was to make myself a legend,” he said after comfortably winning at the Luzhniki Stadium in a world-lead best of 19.66sec despite easing off fully 15 metres from the finish line.

Jamaican teammate Warren Weir won silver in 19.79sec, with unheralded American Curtis Mitchell, a training partner of the banned Tyson Gay, taking bronze in 20.04.

“My goal is to defend my titles at the next Olympics as it hasn’t been done before by anyone, and this world championships is a stepping stone towards that goal,” said Bolt.

“I’m working hard to pile on gold medals and remain undefeated in championships, then go to the Olympics and win the 100 and 200m again.

Bolt, who won three golds (100, 200, 4x100m relay) in both the Beijing Games in 2008 and in London last year, said: “I want to go to the Olympics in Rio and dominate.

AFP

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