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Sprint king wants to cement sprint legacy in London

DECLARATION OF INTENT: Bolt

USAIN BOLT believes that the London Games will mark the moment when he truly becomes a sporting legend.

The Jamaican sprinter has issued a bold statement of intent ahead of the Olympics, stating that “this will be the moment, and this will be the year, when I set myself apart from other athletes in the world.”

The world’s fastest man won three gold medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing but no man has ever successfully defended his 100m and 200m titles on the track.

Carl Lewis was only awarded gold in the 100m at Seoul 1988 after the race winner Ben Johnson tested positive for banned substances.

However, Bolt is used to breaking records and tearing up the history books.

He declared: “A lot of legends, a lot of people, have come before me. But this is my time."

There has also been lots of speculation as to how fast the Jamaican will run in the 100m. He set the current world record in 2009 with a blistering time of 9.58 seconds and Bolt is confident that he can hit 9.4s but stresses that that would be his limit.

“You can’t be sure when or where you can run a time like 9.4,” he explained.

'But the major competitions are when I take it really seriously and shine through — that’s business time.'
“It is impossible to run 9.2. The body isn’t made to go that fast no matter how hard you train, how good a shape you’re in or how good your technique.”

And addressing the issue of the emergence of current world champion and close friend Yohan Blake, who also beat him in the recent national trials, as a serious contender, he added:

“Things happen throughout the season that throw you off sometimes but you have to learn from your mistakes. I just need to put things in place to make sure it doesn't happen at the Olympics. I just try and get over it and get my confidence up to a level where I'm comfortable at the Games."

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