6th of August 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Four-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt says getting closer to becoming a legend after defending his 100m title in style on Sunday. The 25-year-old Jamaican sprinter won and set a new Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds. The celebrations can't be too long though as he is already thinking about his next target at the 2012 Olympics - the 200m race.
"This gold means I am one step closer to being a legend so I'm working toward that," Bolt said. "That's just one step. I have the 200m to go, so I'm looking forward to that."
Bolt is a favourite for gold in the 200m race, an event he also won at in 2008 in Beijing. His time of 19 minutes and 19 seconds, set at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, remains the world record. His target for the distance is to go under 19 seconds, something that nobody has even dreamed of doing before. "Well, it's been on my mind a couple of years now and this season, on this track, feeling more confident in myself - we'll see. I don't want to say I can do it and then not do it. But it's on my mind."
The heats of the 200m begin in the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, with the final on Thursday evening. However, Bolt was beaten by fellow countryman and training partner Yohan Blake in the 200m at the Jamaican trials in early July. Blake also beat him in the 100m at the trials but had to settle for silver at London 2012.
"There was a lot of people saying I wasn't going to win," said Bolt. "There was a lot of talk. It was great feeling to come out here and show the world I'm still number one and still the best.It wasn't a perfect start, so I had to execute from 50m and I knew I was going to do well after that," said Bolt. "I just ran. I'm not going to say it was a perfect race because I know my coach is going to say no."
Bolt's victory came just one day after swimming legend Michael Phelps secured his 22nd Olympic medal - the most by any Olympian. "Phelps is a legend," said Bolt. "He's really done great for himself and his country, and we've set the stage for a lot more athletes to really aim high and make our sports even better."
Bolt even thinks about the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I hope I'm in Rio," he said. "I'm going to be 30, but I hope I'm in great shape. Blake will be 26 so it should be interesting."
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