Bolt eyeing 4x200m record
There's only one Jamaican world record which does not involve the world's fastest man, but today, sprinting supremo Usain Bolt will be looking to make amends.
Bolt watched from home last year as the Jamaican team of Nickel Ashmeade, Jermaine Brown, Warren Weir and Yohan Blake stopped the clock at 1:18.63 at the IAAF World Relays, bettering the Carl Lewis-led Santa Monica Track Club's 4x200m world record (1:18.68).
The six-time Olympic champion and 100m, 200m and 4x100m world record holder, told journalists in The Bahamas that he was elated for his teammate's accomplishment last year, but as always, he will be looking to write his name in history again, in the men's 4x200m final today at 8:20 p.m. (Jamaica time).
happy for my team
"I was happy for my team, I was watching last year when the guys broke the world record and that was great. The world record? I'm going out there to do my best as always. The team is ready to go. Jamaicans, we always try to do our best and always try to go for the record, the guys are going to come ready and so will I, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what happens. Can't predict time though, it's track and field so we will see," Bolt said.
The eight-time world champion added that he arrived in The Bahamas more excited about the competing in the 4x200m given the irregularity of his appearance in the rarely contested event.
"I ran one 4x200m race sometime ago at the Penn Relays, so coming here I was more excited about competing in the 4x200m because I haven't ran one for so long," Bolt added before touching on how he felt about returning to The Bahamas - where he was first christened 'Lightning Bolt' to compete.
"I keep getting reminded that the Bahamians were the ones that named me," Bolt laughed. "I always give thanks, it's always great to compete in front of Caribbean crowds."
Bolt was given his 'Lightning Bolt' nickname by the Bahamians during the 2002 Carifta Games in New Providence, where he won the Under-18 boys 200m in 21.12 and the 400m in 47.33.
- Andre Lowe