The name “Usain Bolt” is fun to say—it’s almost too good to be true for a lightning-quick sprinter who can be called the “fastest man in the world” without exaggeration—and if the Jamaican superstar has his way, that name will be on everyone’s tongue for another four years.
Speaking with the media ahead of this month’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow, where he’ll compete in the 100 and 200 meters and the 4×100-meter relay, the two-time Olympian and six-time gold medalist said he’s nowhere near finished.
“My objective is to continue to win gold medals in my sport, all the way up to the 2016 Olympics,” Bolt said, according to the Independent. “If I can do that and along the way continue to win gold medals and break records, then I will have proven myself and achieved what I have always set out to do."
Bolt holds the world records in both the 100 and the 200 meters, though it’s been four years since the 26-year-old set those benchmarks—9.58 and 19.19 seconds, respectively—at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
His goal, he says, is to topple both records, though in the case of the 100 meters, he admits it would take a “technically almost perfect race, and for the weather conditions to be good, but I'm focused on getting myself in a physical condition where I'm capable of doing it.”
Whether or not he runs a perfect race in Moscow, he’ll look to shake off the bad mojo from the last World Championships, two years ago in Daegu, South Korea, where a false start got him booted from the 100-meter final.
With respect to the 200 meters—an event at which he is the reigning world champ—Bolt doesn’t just want to whittle off another few hundredths of a second. He’d like to set a new standard for the event.
"The 200-meter world record would be the one I'd really love to break again, to see if it's maybe even possible to get it under 19 seconds,” he says. “That would be something special.”
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg