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In Bolt, Lord Coe believes

WINNER: Usain Bolt

ORGANISING COMMITTEE Chairman Sebastian Coe believes that Usain Bolt can fulfil his ambition of running 9.4 seconds over 100m at London 2012.

Triple Olympic gold medallist Bolt has spoken of his desire to beat the world record of 9.58s which he set at the Berlin World Championships, and despite many quarters saying such a feat is impossible, Lord Coe has backed the Jamaican to prove them wrong.

The two time 1500m Olympic champion explained:
“I do seem to remember scientists telling people if they tried to break the four-minute mile, they would probably die in the process.
"I remember scientists telling me it was probably unlikely that anybody would run significantly under 1:43 for 800 metres," added Coe, whose world record of 1:41.73 stood for 16 years."

He added: "David Rudisha (the Kenyan 800 metres world record holder) is quite capable of running a chunk under 1:41.
"I do think it's possible (for Bolt to run 9.4) but also having watched the extraordinary performances of Yohan Blake, his countryman...
"And Tyson Gay in the States is not going to be a pushover either. I'm absolutely convinced that Usain can run faster, but this will be a Games that's very competitive at 100 and 200."

Bolt, who set a new world record of 9.69s at the Beijing Olympics before smashing that in Berlin by the biggest margin since records began, has had his sights set on 9.4s since 2009. He admitted in an interview the following year that should he be able to accomplish such a feat, he would expect no man to ever be able to match it.

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