Breaking world records beyond me now: Bolt

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt does not expect to break world records any more as his illustrious athletics career enters its final stages.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt does not expect to break world records any more as his illustrious athletics career enters its final stages.PHOTO: REUTERS

KINGSTON • Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt does not expect to break world records any more as his illustrious athletics career enters its final stages.

Bolt, 30, ended his Olympic career last month by sweeping the sprint titles in Rio de Janeiro - a feat he has performed over three successive Games.

It was at the first of those Games, at Beijing in 2008, that he stormed to his first pair of world records of 9.69sec in the 100m and 19.30sec in the 200m.

He went on to break both records exactly 12 months later at the world championships in Berlin, clocking 9.58sec in the 100m and 19.19sec in the 200m.

However, with his sprint career winding down, Bolt does not believe he will be able to better those times as he prepares for his final world championships in London next year.

"No (world records), it's all beyond me now. Right now, it is just for me to go out there and leave with a big bang as much as possible," he said on Tuesday.

"I just want to go to the world championships, do my best as always and stay on a certain level and that's the plan."

Bolt said he expects to run just the 100m in London, but his coach Glen Mills is pushing him to do the double.

"That's the plan, but I still have to discuss it with my coach," Bolt told Television Jamaica.

"He still wants me to do the double, but I've told him I would really like to just do the 100m. So at the start of the season, we'll decide exactly what (to focus on)."

Bolt has wildcard entries for both the 100m and 200m at the Aug 5-13 world championships by virtue of winning both events at last year's edition in Beijing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2016, with the headline 'Breaking world records beyond me now: Bolt'. Print Edition | Subscribe