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Fans want to see Bolt in World 400m

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2013 | 12:00 AM

A majority of sports fans in Jamaica would like to see Usain Bolt line up in the 400 metres at this year's IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia.

When asked if Bolt should run the 400m at the next World Championships, our sports poll found that 80.14 per cent of females and 72.22 per cent of males want to see the 100 and 200 metres World record holder in the one-lap event.

Bolt, who has a personal best of 45.28 seconds over 400m, a mark set way back in 2007, has given no indication that he will move up to the longer distance and start competing at the elite level. The two-time Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion has often said he would have to talk to his coach before any decision is taken to switch to a new event.

He recently opened his 2013 season with a modest 46.71 warm-up run over 400m.

The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus six per cent, was conducted between January 12 and 21, 2013 by Conroy Julian and Dr Paul Bourne. The sample size was 300 and participants were drawn from Kingston, St Andrew, St Thomas, St Catherine and Clarendon - five parishes which contain just over half of the country's population.

Note: Dr Bourne is director of the Socio-Medical Research Institute while Julian is a development communicator and convener of the Association of Media Professionals.