POSTED: March 20th 2010

Laureus winner Bolt insists he will not be tempted by lure of the 400m

Usain Bolt: extended distances only for training /
Usain Bolt: extended distances only for training /

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

KINGSTON: Usain Bolt does not intend to launch a serious attack on the 400m world record in time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Bolt’s potential at the longer distance had been highlighted by Michael Johnson, the event’s world-record holder at 43.18sec. He had suggested that Jamaican Bolt, the Olympic and world 100m and 200m champion should expand his vision.

But Bolt, who often uses the 400m to fine-tune his fitness before the start of the season, said: “It is somewhere in the future but hopefully after 2012.”

The Jamaican opened his campaign in February by running the one lap in 45.86 in the Campertown Classic in Jamaica and he will run 300m for the first time in competition in public at the Golden Spike in Ostrava on May 27.

Bolt, who is unlikely to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi later this summer, was acclaimed as Sportsman of the Year in the latest Laureus awards. Wimbledon tennis champion Serena Williams collected the Sportswoman prize.

Last year Bolt set new world records in the 100m and 200m as well as winning three gold medals in the track world championships, while Williams retained her No1 ranking after winning not only at Wimbledon but also the Australian Open.

Formula One motor racing driver Jenson Button was presented with Breakthrough of the Year Award while surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore won World Action Sportsperson of the Year.

Keywords · Laureus · Bolt · Michael Johnson · 2012 Olympic Games · Serena Williams · Button

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