Monday, 24 August 2009

Bolt keen to compete in long jump

Usain Bolt has revealed he may compete in the long jump after dominating the sprint events in the World Championships and at the 2008 Olympics.
Bolt set five world records on his way to winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Berlin and in Beijing before that.
"I'd love to try the long jump before I retire because I think I'd be very good at it," said the 23-year-old Jamaican.
Bolt has also floated the possibility he could compete in the 400m at the London Olympics in 2012.
"I don't want to do it, but if my coach decides I'm dominant over 100m and 200m and says 'Let's try something new', I'll definitely put my heart and soul into it," he added.
Mike Powell, who holds the current long jump record with a leap of 8.95m, believes if Bolt could be the man to break the 9m mark.
He said: "I can show him how to jump nine metres. With his height he is the type who would scare me.
"We are dealing with a freak of nature athlete. He is off the charts."
One thing Bolt did categorically confirm is that he will not be pursuing any further world records this season

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