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All-conquering Bolt could target long jump

Updated: Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 15:49

Usain Bolt could turn his talents to the long jump or the 400m in the coming years
Usain Bolt could turn his talents to the long jump or the 400m in the coming years

Usain Bolt has revealed he could turn his hand to the long jump after his triple gold medal winning performance in the World Championships.

Bolt won the 100 and 200 metres in Berlin, breaking his own world records in both for good measure, and also took gold with his Jamaican team-mates in the 4x100m relay.

Added to his Olympic triple from Beijing, there is nothing left for the 23-year-old to conquer in the sprints, leading to speculation that he will step up to the 400m in the future.

And Bolt has also not ruled out Mike Powell's suggestion that he should try his hand at long jumping and could break the American's world record of 8.95 metres.

'I tell my coach I'd love to try the long jump before I retire. Definitely,' Bolt said. 'Hopefully I can do this before I retire because I think I'd be very good at it.'

Asked about running the 400m by the 2012 Olympics in London, Bolt added: 'I don't know. I don't want to do it but if my coach decides I'm dominant over the 100 and 200 and let's try something new I'll definitely try to put my heart into it also.'

Despite claiming three gold medals in Beijing and now Berlin, Bolt insists there is no danger of him becoming complacent.

'It's no problem. I've got a coach (Glen Mills) that doesn't let that happen,' he added. 'I know what it takes to stay on top. I want to be a legend.

'I can't be complacent if I want to be a legend so I have to keep working hard to keep focused.

'I'm competing with several guys. These guys - Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay - keep me training hard because I know they're going to be coming hard. So to beat these guys I've got to be focused.

'I have one of the rarest talents you'll ever find over 10 years and I'm just working on it. I'm taking a year at a time. My coach and I haven't spoken about next season yet. I'm not sure what we'll focus on next season. I'll just make sure we stay in shape.

'Being a champion is the main thing for me. Every time it takes records to win. The world record comes and goes; for me it is all about the championships.'

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