World’s fastest man Usain Bolt says he is committed to giving his fans nothing but the best as he commences earnest preparation for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The six-time Olympic champion has sent a warning to his competitors and he thinks he is capable of breaking 19 seconds in the 200 metres.
“Free paper burn up that saying goes.. This picture name good bye vacation and hello first day of training..The journey begins today #TeamBolt for #Rio2016..
Ready for the hard work ahead and I’m committed to giving my fans the nothing but the best #ForeverFaster #NoLimits #,” the Jamaican wrote on his Instagram page. Bolt’s record of 19.19 seconds for the 200m has stood since August 2009; four days after he set the 100m record of 9.58, both at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
“I really want to run under 19 seconds,” Bolt said from his training base at the University of West Indies in Kingston as he began preparations for next year’s Rio Olympics.
“It’s one of my major goals. I think it’s one of the toughest ones, because it’s going to be hard to find the right day, and sometime the perfect race, to get this” 200m record.
“It will not be an easy task, but I personally feel I can do it and my coach [Glen Mills] thinks I can do it so it is just about the work and finding the perfect time to do it, so it is one of the things” for 2016.
Bolt is seeking to become the first man to win three successive Olympic titles in the sprint events and the 4x100m relay in Rio. The lanky Jamaican shrugged off a nagging pelvic injury this year to win three golds at the Beijing world championships in August, which included ending American Justin Gatlin’s almost two-year unbeaten run over both the 100 and 200 metres.
“It’s one of the joys to go out there and to compete against the best because when you go out there and beat the best it shows that you are the greatest,” Bolt said in anticipation of facing Gatlin again next year.
“So for me, I live to compete and I look forward to my teammate Yohan Blake coming back … he’s been out for pretty much two seasons.”