POSTED: August 31st 2010

Bolt says 'No' to 400m but 'maybe' to long jump -- after London 2012 Olympics

Usain Bolt in triumph in Beijing /
Usain Bolt in triumph in Beijing /

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON, Aug 31: Triple Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Usain Bolt has quashed speculation that he might move up to 400m and suggested he might try competing in the long jump - but not until after the 2012 Games.

Jamaican sprint hero Bolt was speaking about his short and medium term aspirations on BBC Radio Five. He insisted his priority was to regain fitness to defend his 100m and 200m titles in London.

He was not interested in extending his track schedule to include the 400m though he was intrigued by the possibility offered by the long jump. But he added: "I won't be trying the jump until after the next Olympics: you can pick up injuries that way."

Bolt, who has said he believes he can lower the world 100m further, added that he was working on weaknesses such as his starting technique and his habit of looking back "which always slows you down - and I can't stop myself doing it."

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