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Athletics

Bolt ready 'to chill' after another golden season
AFP
Brussels, September 07, 2013
First Published: 23:55 IST(7/9/2013)
Last Updated: 23:57 IST(7/9/2013)

Usain Bolt is ready to chill out on holiday after bagging another three world gold medals in a season during which he suffered only one defeat, and that was by one-hundredth of a second.

The Jamaican's 100m victory in 9.80sec at the season-ending Diamond League meet on Friday crowned another amazing season which was marred early on by a dearth of doping cases.

Positive tests for teammate and former world record holder Asafa Powell and top American sprinter Tyson Gay, and injury to his main rival from Jamaica, Yohan Blake, had stripped the track circuit of three of their main performers. And again it was Bolt who steered the world of track and field out of those doldrums.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist's world medal haul now stands at eight golds, bringing him level with American women's 200m specialist Allyson Felix, and retired US track stars Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson.

"Hopefully everything will go smoothly next year and I'll attempt the 200m record. Who knows, maybe I'll go to the Commonwealth Games and go for a medal to add to my tally. I'll see with my coach at the start of the season."

Bolt also underlined that he was not tiring of being the number one draw in athletics and one of global sports' true superstars with a marketability that sponsors and meet organisers can but drool over.

"It's all about the energy of the crowd that makes me feel so good, I want to go out and really put on a good performance," he said. It's a part of me, I'm not trying to be someone else, it's not something I get tired of."


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