Bolt targets new record
Usain Bolt believes he can break his own world record after cruising into the 200 metres final with contemptuous ease at London 2012.
Asked about breaking his record of 19.19s - set when winning the world title in Berlin in 2009 - Bolt added: "It is a possibility, definitely.
"The track is fast and there are a lot of great competitors. I am looking forward to it. If I put it on my mind you never know if it is going to happen."
While many would already consider the Jamaican superstar a legend for winning triple gold in Beijing and defending his 100m title here on Sunday, Bolt insists he also has to retain his 200m title to achieve such status.
And the 25-year-old looks an increasingly certain bet to do just that, effectively winning his semi-final before halfway and almost jogging down the home straight to win in 20.18 seconds.
Team-mate Yohan Blake was the fastest qualifier after also slowing down markedly in winning the opening semi-final in 20.01secs, but Bolt is certain he will put his training partner in his place once again on Thursday.
"No doubt whatsoever," Bolt said. "I'm ready, this is my favourite event, so I'm looking forward to it. I really pushed myself in the first 70 metres and then I tried to take it as easy as possible. I ran harder round the corner than I have in a long while. The execution was probably 90%."
Blake, who won the 100m world title after Bolt was disqualified for a false start in Daegu last year and had to settle for silver here, said: "I found myself out in front and I cruised from there. I do a lot of work on the corner to get out in front. Anything is possible in the final tomorrow. It's going to be a good race."
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