13 Jun 2015

Bolt aiming for sub 19

6:04 pm on 13 June 2015

Usain Bolt has revealed the two remaining goals he hopes to achieve as part of his illustrious sprinting career.

Bolt, who's running the 200 meters at the Diamond League's New York meeting, said he is focusing on a quest to smash his own world record of 19.19 seconds and to break the 19-second barrier.

"I have two more main goals. The hardest one is trying to get under 19 seconds," said Bolt, who set the world record at the 2009 world championships.

The other is to sweep the Olympics sprints for a third time in Rio next year.

He has six gold medals after winning the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x100 metres relay at both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games.

"Those are my two big goals. That's what keeps me going, keeps me motivated. Next season is going to be a big season, but I have to take it one step at a time."

Bolt is gradually ramping up as he comes back from a 2014 season limited to three races due to foot and hamstring injuries.

The Jamaican ran 20.20 in Kingston and 20.13 in Ostrava this year but feels he is getting stronger and aims to crack 20 seconds on Saturday, just another step toward his goal.

"I really want to run sub-19," he said. "If I'm going to do that, I have to get back in the mode of running a lot of 200 metres and getting back to the perfection that I'm used to running the curve.

"I think the 100 meters will benefit from me running the 200 metres also."