Usain Bolt, who holds the 200m world record with a timing of 19.19s, wants to better his own record and go under 19s at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Bolt ran 19.19 in 2009 during the World Championships in Berlin, beating his previous world record of 19.29s, which he achieved during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
One wonders if it is even possible for a human to run 200m under 19s, but then we are talking about Bolt, with whom you associate the term "lightning Bolt". Bolt has already started his preparations in Kingston for the Rio Olympics, which will take shape in August next year.
Bolt will head into the competition as the favourite for the 100 and 200m gold, but his major goal during the 2016 Rio Games is to run under 19s in the longer race.
"I really want to run under 19 seconds [in the 200m]," Reuters quoted Bolt as saying. "It's one of my major goals."
"I think it's one of the toughest ones, because it's going to be hard to find the right day and sometime the perfect race to get this.
"It will not be an easy task, but I personally feel I can do it and my coach [Glen Mills] thinks I can do it so it is just about the work and finding the perfect time to do it, so it is one of the things [for 2016]."
Bolt's coach, Mills, had previously also spoken about the possibility of Bolt breaking the 200m world record, though, he doesn't believe the 100m mark will be broken. One can count on Mills to get the best out of Bolt in the 2016 Olympics.
Bolt is expected to face stiff competition from Justin Gatlin, who has had an incredible 2015. Gatlin also finished second in the 200m in the last World Championships, where he was one of the favourites for the gold. Bolt had been troubled by injuries mostly during the season, but he came up with his best to outrun Gatlin, who knows he has to be at his fluent best if he is to even come anywhere close to stopping Bolt from winning his third straight 200m gold medal at the Olympics.
Talking about Gatlin, Bolt said that he finds joy in beating the best.
"It's one of the joys to go out there and to compete against the best because when you go out there and beat the best it shows that you are the greatest," said Bolt.
"Justin Gatlin says he's coming, but for me, I'm much more focused. I'm starting the season in a much better shape than I did the last one, so it is only forward from here."