Bolting for Olympic double

Usain Bolt who recorded the second fastest 100 metres time in history, is still coming to terms with his amazing run on Sunday.

The Jamaican sprinter ran 9.76 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston.

Bolt is better known as a 200m runner. He clocked the time with a following wind of 1.8 metres per second, just below the legal limit of 2.0mps, placing him just behind compatriot Asafa Powell (9.74secs) in the record list.

Bolt, 21, had expected to focus only on the 200m at the Olympic Games in Beijing, but having shattered his previous best time in the 100m (10.03secs), he said: “I will sit down with my coach to decide what we will do.

“Everything had been geared towards the 200m. I wanted to run the 100m at this meeting and I was looking at 9.85.”

He may now decide to run both distances and is a serious contender to break up the Powell-Tyson Gay monopoly.

Gay, the American 100m and 200m world champion, said: “It was amazing. Words cannot describe it. His performance changes the whole picture of our event.”

Powell, missing with a chest infection, set the 100m world record in Rieti last year, and Bolt is not ruling out the chance he could match that.

“You never know,” he said. “You never know. I have been working really hard this winter. I used to party three times a month but now it is maybe five times a year. I stay away from that. I now play video games quite a lot.”

Bolt won’t celebrate his 22nd birthday until August 21, when the Olympics will be in full swing.

His sensational run was not a great surprise to many who have known the youngster since childhood in Trelawny.

Talent that has been obvious to the track and field world since he was a 14-year-old student at the William Knibb High School.

Lanky Bolt has run only a few 100m events at the competitive level and track athletic purists do not believe he is ideal for the short sprint.

Experts believe that his large frame, matched by natural strength, makes him ideal for the 400m. There were shouts of ‘I told you so’ when at 16 in 2003, Bolt ran 45.35 seconds over the 400m at Boys’ and Girls’ Championships in Kingston. Whatever, happens, he is going to make a huge impact in the sport over the next few years.

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