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Speed kings to kick off Olympic year

india Updated: Feb 11, 2012 00:40 IST

Sprinters Usain Bolt and Yohann Blake, who are both expected to draw worldwide attention in this Olympic year, open the 2012 season at a local meeting on Saturday. The duo's coach Glen Mills is meet director of the Camperdown Classic, which will be held at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Both sprinters are expected to race in the timed finals of the 400m, but likely won't go head-to-head in the same heat.

Bolt, who has often said defending the Olympic 100m and 200m titles he won in scintillating fashion in Beijing would make him a legend, elaborated on the road that stretches before him in an interview with AFP.

"I am excited to begin my season and I am looking forward to a good performance," said Bolt, holder of world records at 100m (9.58sec) and 200m (19.19).

"I aim to successfully defend my Olympic titles and this is just the beginning of competition," added Bolt, who false started in the 100m at last year's World Championships, but days after, defended his 200m crown. Going into Saturday's meeting, Bolt said he was "happy to be healthy". Bolt, has been tipped by 400m world record-holder Michael Johnson as capable of breaking his record of 43.18.