Usain Bolt has expressed his desire to add to his six Olympic Gold medals in Rio de Janiero in 2016, despite a 100m defeat to Justin Gatlin in Rome last month.
The Jamaican has completed the sprinters treble at the last two Olympics, winning the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m with relative ease, though experts have doubted his credentials to do it a third successive time, when he will be 29.
Gatlin, 31, carded an impressive 9.94, and while Bolt managed 9.95, it seemed a relative struggle unlike in previous years, as he admitted: "My legs didn't feel like my legs coming into the straight. I guess I need to do more strength work"
In London, he became the first man to record successive 200m Olympic titles, and only the second man to do so at the 100m stage, after American sprinter Carl Lewis managed the same in '84 and '88.
Despite that, Bolt wants more, declaring to reporters: "I've won everything already, but now it's to show I can be a dominant sprinter.”
Few would rate him outside of that category, but after his loss in the Diamond League to Gatlin, he is keen to dispel any thoughts that suggest he is not No.1 at present.
Tyson Gay seems the man to beat at the moment, putting on a show in Lausanne on Independence Day, pulling in a time of 9.79, the second fastest 100m time this year. Gay also managed that fastest time, a 9.74, in the US trials.
However, it is well known that Bolt is a man for the big events, as fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake outperformed him throughout 2012, before showing his compatriot up in the London Olympics.
Moscow will be the stage that Bolt has to perform on, to both silence his critics, and prove to himself that he can still dominate the sprinting world until 2016, and possibly beyond.
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