Usain Bolt eager to hail himself as the “living legend” at the 2012 Olympics
When Usain Bolt declared that he wanted to claim himself as a legend, he was serious. In a recent interview, Usain Bolt gave a detailed description about his plans for the London 2012 Olympics. Usain Bolt’s plans also include breaking a world record and telling media “I am a living legend”.
Usain Bolt, who ran the fastest 100m time of the year in Rome last Thursday, has already indicated that he is in record-breaking form. Usain Bolt took the lead in the race and managed to pass the line with the marker showing 9.76 seconds.
By creating a 9.4-second record in the 100m race, Usain Bolt has become the fastest man on the planet. Usain Bolt is also the first man to record the 200m in less than 19 seconds. Usain Bolt reckons he will be able to beat both records but the 100m race will remain as his main objective.
“People talk about me running 9.4 or 18. I'm at about 80 per cent now so I'll go home, work on my technique, work on my strengths and get to 100%. Then maybe those times are possible,” Usain Bolt said.
“I want to be a legend, and this Olympics is the one to make it. It's London, it's central, it's where everybody is watching. London, New York, Dubai... those are the cities where people take notice. It's important that London is the place where I stamp my name on history.
“Then, at the end of my days, I can say I am a legend.”
Usain Bolt, who was in a really good mood at the press conference, believes he will be the top candidate for the prize this year. The Jamaican born has been working very hard for the last six months during which time Usain Bolt also ditched his girlfriend for the sake of giving full attention to the 2012 Olympics.
“It's the one thing I'm looking forward to saying when I walk into the press conference after the 200m, if everything has gone as planned, before they ask me the first question, I'm looking forward to saying: 'You're looking at a living legend',” Usain Bolt said in regard to his 100m record.
Nonetheless, Usain Bolt admits that age and a changing body has deteriorated his performance. Back in Ostrava, Usain Bolt failed to clock under 10 seconds in the 100m race. Usain Bolt reckons lack of sleep has also played a big role in his deteriorating form.
“I wouldn't say I'm getting more fatigued, I'm just getting older and I don't have the energy I once had,” Usain Bolt said. “I used to be able to stay up all night and then go and run. Now it's not the same, I need enough rest.”