Usain Bolt has decided to make the 200 meters his focus now that the Commonwealth Games is over.
Bolt announced that he wants to get under 19 seconds for the 200m, one of his biggest dreams, and the 100m record can wait for now. His 200m record is 19.19 seconds, set in Berlin five years ago. He also posted a 100m world best of 9.58 seconds at the same world championships.
The 27-year-old Jamaican holds the 100m and 200m world records but only competed in the 4x100m relay at Glasgow 2014 because of a lingering injury, anchoring Jamaica to gold at Hampden Park.
Being 6 feet 5 inches tall, Bolt’s long legs are more suited to the 200m anyway.
Bolt turns 28 on Aug. 21 and admitted that the older he gets the harder it is to avoid injury. Partying has been reduced to concentrate on training, he said and mentioned that he takes more ice baths after racing now which “is not much fun.”
The eight-time world champion’s next race is a 100m on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 14.
Rio is where he intended to bow out, at the 2016 Olympics there. But such is his popularity that Bolt may have to delay retirement for the following year.
“I’ve always said that after Rio I will retire,” said the six-time Olympic champion. “But they keep saying I should go on to 2017 so I think I might just do that.”
He said that he once asked Michael Johnson why he retired when he was at the top and he said that there was nothing else for him to accomplish.
“I think that when you’re in the sport and you’ve accomplished everything else then you should just retire,” Bolt said.
“There’s all these young kids coming up and I might start getting beaten and I hate losing.”
When he retires there still harbors hopes of being a footballer with no other than his favorite team Manchester United.
When Bolt was here last year for the Cayman Invitational, he mentioned his ambitions of playing at Old Trafford when spikes are hung up and had discussed it with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
That ambition is still strong although Louis van Gaal is the new United boss.
“Hopefully, when I retire I can talk to him and get a spot in the team,” Bolt said.
“Van Gaal means business – he’s solid and I’m happy. Manchester United are back.”