Bolt prefers the 200m, rules out 400m
LONDON, England — While he has run the 100m in under 9.80 seconds nine times, more than any other man alive, Usain Bolt says he has a soft spot for the longer 200m race, the event that put him on the world sprinting map.
When asked at a press conference in London yesterday which of the two events he preferred, Bolt said. “It is always going to be the 200m; it comes easy as I have put a lot more work into it,” he said; adding that he had no plans to step up to the 400m race.
Bolt captured the track and field world’s imagination in 2002 when he won the 200m gold at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Kingston when he was only 15 years old, the title which he says he cherishes more than any other before going on to set the World Junior Record 19.93 seconds at the CARIFTA Games two years later in Hamilton, Bermuda.
Bolt, who has the 100m world record of 9.58 seconds, has run under 9.80 seconds nine times, one more than teammate Asafa Powell with American Tyson Gay next on seven.
In the 200m, Bolt’s 19.19 seconds is the fastest ever and he has run under 19.76 seconds 12 times.