Usain Bolt sets sights on sub-19 second 200m record

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Usain Bolt has set his sights on lowering both his 100m and 200m world records, whilst also targeting a sub-19 second time in the longer distance.

The 28-year-old holds the world records in both disciplines as he ran 9.58 seconds in the 100m and 19.19 seconds for the 200m.

These records were set at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, but despite winning six Olympic Gold medals and eight World Championship titles the Jamaican sprinter has never lowered his own records.

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200m target is number one priority

Speaking to the Al Jazeera Bolt said: "Everybody wants to see the 100m go but the 200m is for me.

"If I can get a perfect season where I'm working well, without any injuries, with no time off, I'll definitely have the chance to break the 100m world record.

"The 200m is my personal focus. One of my biggest goals is to try to run sub-19, pushing the barrier a little bit will be great for me."

Injury hit season

Bolt, who won Commonwealth gold in the 4x100m relay at Glasgow 2014, has endured a stop-start season thus far to say the least.

Minor foot surgery, that sidelined him for nine weeks, and a hamstring problem have limited the Jamaican to three races in the calendar year as his season came to an early end.

Record breaker and holder

Bolt first broke the 100m world record in New York back in 2008 as he ran 9.72 seconds, taking the record from compatriot Asafa Powell.

The Manchester United fan has since lowered his time to 9.58, from Berlin. The closest he has come to breaking the record was at the London Olympics where he ran 9.63 to claim gold.

In the 200m Bolt broke Michael Johnson’s record of 19.32, that had stood since August 1996, as he a ran a time 19.30.

The Berlin World Championships saw him drop the time to 19.19.

Drugs ban

In the interview with Al Jazeera Bolt also offered a partial defence to fellow Jamaican athletes who failed doping tests in 2013.

Those athletes included former record holder Powell and Veronica Campbell Brown, amongst others.

"There were mistakes but there weren't any serious drugs," he said.

"It is still bad: the drug scandal. But it was a good thing it wasn't like they were deliberately going out of their way to take drugs."

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