Ambitious Bolt wants to break 19 seconds in 200m

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Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has already started to prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and has set himself a target of beating the 19 second barrier in the 200m event.

The speedster already holds the 200m record at 19.19 seconds, a record that has not been broken since August 2009.

The 29-year-old expects to beat his own record in 2016 but understands that it will be probably be one of the toughest challenges of his career.

"I really want to run under 19 seconds," Bolt told Reuters from his training base at the University of West Indies in Kingston.

"It's one of my major goals. I think it's one of the toughest ones, because it's going to be hard to find the right day and sometime the perfect race to get this [200m record].

"It will not be an easy task, but I personally feel I can do it and my coach [Glen Mills] thinks I can do it so it is just about the work and finding the perfect time to do it, so it is one of the things [for 2016]."

Adding to his already illustrious trophy cabinet, Bolt is hoping that he can become the first man to win three successive Olympic gold medals in the sprint events and the 4x100m relay in Rio.

On his rivals, the 100m world-record holder welcomes the challenge from his fellow sprinters and says that his competitive nature makes it easier to deal with anyone who plans on beating him. 

"It's one of the joys to go out there and to compete against the best because when you go out there and beat the best it shows that you are the greatest," explained Bolt.

"So for me, I live to compete and I look forward to my team mate Yohan Blake coming back, he's been out for pretty much two seasons."

The person who looked most likely to beat Bolt this season was American sprinter Justin Gatlin, however, the Kingston-born sprinter said that he is only concentrated on improving himself and can’t be bothered about anyone else.

"Justin Gatlin says he's coming, but for me, I'm much more focused," he added. 

"I'm starting the season in a much better shape than I did the last one, so it is only forward from here."