Usain Bolt aiming to break the 19-second barrier in the 200m

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Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has admitted breaking the 19-second barrier for the 200 metres is his next target.

Bolt- the world record-holder for the event with 19.19s - revealed the news in an interview with Athletics Weekly, with the Jamaican believing the feat is a real "possibility".

19-second goal

"I would love to take that record below the 19-second mark, as that is something I’d be really proud of," he said.

"That is a goal of mine and the possibility is there. I need to stay injury free for an entire season, from pre-season training all the way through, then I know I can do it."

That is something the 28-year-old did not have this year. After missing most of winter training through injury, the man from Sherwood Content never really got going in 2014, only managing to compete in three races - although he did win Commonwealth gold in the 4x100m relay in Glasgow last month.

It's been five years since Bolt set the record in the final of the World Championships in Berlin, four days after he had also broken the 100m world record.

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Perfect conditions

Asked why he believed his records had stood for so long, Bolt commented that the conditions have to be absolutely perfect, not just the athlete;s physical state, but also the stadiums.

"Everything has to be in your favour – your condition, the weather, the track – and then if you execute your race perfectly from the start through the transition and then driving to the line, then you have a chance."

Having decided last week to end his season early, next year may be the season when Bolt can break the 19-second barrier. A full pre-season and some competitive Diamond League performances, and who knows, maybe the world record will be broken at next year's World Championships in Beijing.

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