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Bolt wants double whammy

Latest update : 2008-08-02

Jamaican Usain Bolt, top favourite for the 200m race in the Beijing Olympics, will also attempt to win the most prestigious race, the 100m, according to his agent. He already beat the 100m world record last May.

Jamaica's 100m world record holder Usain Bolt will attempt the 100m/200m double at the Beijing Olympics, agent Norman Peart said.

Peart, one of the agents of the sprinter, said: "He is going to double up. That's certain. I have just received confirmation from his coach Glen Mills."

Bolt, who ran his world record run of 9.72sec in New York on May 31, is expected to hotly challenge for the 100m Olympic crown with compatriot Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay. However the 200m is Bolt's favourite event.

Bolt, Powell and Gay hold the eight best 100m performances in history.

Peart added that Bolt's decision to double up was not a surprise. "It was clear that the coach was going to let him do it (run both races.) We listen to our athletes and if he tells us he wants to run the double, it's up to us to organise the best programme for him."

Bolt's current form is formidable. He has run two of the fastest three 100m times in history and over 200m has the three best times in the world this season.

The 1.96m (6ft 4in) sprinter ran under 10 seconds three times in May -- 9.76sec in Jamaica, 9.92 at Trinidad and Tobago, before his world record performance in New York.

Date created : 2008-08-02