Former Olympic champion Michael
Johnson has challenged Usain Bolt to try and break his 400 metres world record
of 43.18 seconds, set in Seville, Spain in 1999.
Johnson said the 400m challenge
could provide Bolt with motivation to keep running beyond the 2012 Olympics.
However, the dual Olympic gold medal winner and world record holder indicated
he may be more willing to switch to long jump.
“It would be incredible to see
someone hold the world record at 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres and
that’s where his motivation could come from after London,” said Johnson. “I’d
like to see him compete at 400 metres. I think he could break my world record
if he did.
“I certainly expect him to repeat
as Olympic champion in the 100m and 200m and if he turned his focus at that
point to 400m, it could keep him motivated and keep him in the sport longer.”
“I’ve asked him about the 400m and
he said that he just didn’t feel like he wanted to do the training that it takes
to compete at 400 metres, which is much more difficult,” Johnson said, before
adding that Bolt had mentioned long jump as a possible discipline to switch