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I can smash my 100m record - Bolt

Usain Bolt
Bolt has arrived in Manchester ahead of Sunday's street race

Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt expects to comfortably break his own world record in the near future.

Bolt won Olympic gold in a record time of 9.69 seconds in Beijing, but the Jamaican told the BBC a lower time "shouldn't be a problem" this year.

"My coach expressed his views in Beijing, saying I could run 9.54, and I can definitely do that," he said.

The 22-year-old ran in a 150m street race in Manchester later on Sunday, having recovered from a car crash.

"I still feel goose bumps when I hear or watch the Beijing 100m, it feels good to know I've done such a wonderful thing," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"But the 100m final was just another day for me. I knew I was going to win - I was feeling good, my starts were better and that was my main concern, so I wasn't really worried.

"I don't really think about (breaking the record again) but I think it's possible if everything goes well in training."

Bolt admitted even his Beijing time "would have been 9.50-something" had he not slowed down some distance ahead of the finish line.

My main goal is to make myself a legend

Usain Bolt

Asked how long he hoped to remain a force in world athletics, Bolt forecast he would be a threat until at least 2015.

"I can be at the top for six years if I want," he said.

"That's the aim for me. My main goal is to make myself a legend and I'm going to work really hard to do that."



see also
Superb Bolt storms to 150m record
17 May 09 |  Athletics
Bolt to run on Manchester streets
18 Mar 09 |  Athletics
Bolt surges to gold in new record
16 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
21 Apr 11 |  Athletics


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