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Special farewell - Bolt targets return to 9.7 form in local goodbye

Published:Saturday | March 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMRachid Parchment
Usain Bolt

Sprint legend Usain Bolt says that one of his aims this year is to get back to clocking below 9.8 seconds before ending his career.

Bolt, who will be retiring after the IAAF World Championships in London this August, said that he wants to do something special for his Jamaican fans when he takes part in the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium on June 10.

This will be the 30 year-old's final race in front of his home fans.

"For me, it's just to put down a really fast time. I haven't really ran a fast time early in the season, so for me to run a 9.7 (seconds), that would be very good. I think that would be sufficient enough to say that's a very special time because I haven't run 9.7 in a while at the early part of the season. For me, that would definitely be something good."




Bolt believes himself to be in good enough condition to make it happen as competing in the Nitro Athletics Series in Melbourne, Australia two months ago forced him to get his season started earlier than normal.

"I'm feeling good," he said. "This is the first time I've ran in January for a very long time, so the fact that I got a few sprints in to come back to training, I'm feeling good. Coach is happy with the fluency I have, so that's a good sign. So we should be fine - continuing, progressing at a nice rate, stay injury-free, and I should be fine."

Bolt's coach, Glen Mills, said that he's confident his athlete will be in peak condition when the time comes for him to compete.

Bolt also reiterated that he will only be taking part in the 100m event, and not the 200m distance as well, at the World Championships this summer.