Usain Bolt on Club Hopping, Guinness, Breaking Another WR & the Probability of Running 9.4

Usain Bolt is living a pretty good life right now. The fastest man in the world, and most famous man in his native Jamaica, Bolt hasn't run a competitive race since the World Championships last August, when he lowered both the 100m and 200m world records. This year, without an Olympic Games or World Championships in track and field, Bolt has been spending a bit more time relaxing in Kingston's clubs than running on the track. From a feature at The Guardian: ↵
↵⇥Near the ladies' toilets Bolt danced as much as he liked, to a playlist spanning shuddering dance hall, conventional R&B, kitsch 90s pop and even, at some murky point after 4am, Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. Bolt, by then, had slipped back into the fading darkness, driving a suitably fast car to his condo high up on the hill overlooking the National Stadium. ↵⇥

↵⇥Inside a tin beach-shack at the un-touristy Hellshire Bolt revelled in his Jamaican life. "Last night was typical," he said. "Most people know I'm there. But they also know I go to the clubs a lot, so they're relaxed. They're used to me in Kingston." ↵⇥

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↵Bolt mentioned that he feels he can slack off this year, but obviously made sure to mention that he owes it to his sponsor, Puma, to stay on top of the track world. For Bolt, on top of the track world means staying undefeated, and if that means having to run 9.5, he says he'll do it. ↵
↵⇥But this year I want to take it as easy as possible. Of course, if I need to run as fast as 9.5 to stay unbeaten I have to do it. But if I just have to run 9.9 to win every race, then that's what I want – because next year is different. I have to get back to 9.5 next year." ↵⇥

↵⇥Bolt's words sounded ridiculously laid-back until he said he had not ever really tried as hard as he could in the 100 metres: "The best is still to come. I've never run just straight and focused on getting to the finish line. I'm always looking over at the other guys to see where they are. So one day, if I can stay focused and run really fast right through, then I could do it." ↵⇥

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↵⇥How fast might Bolt run the 100m when, finally, he puts his mind fully to the task? "I think the record is going to end up at 9.4 something and then it's going to be stuck there a long time. It will be hard to break. But you never really know. Anything is possible." ↵⇥

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↵Let's review: Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world and shattered the 100m world record, yet admits that he's not ever really tried to run the race as hard as he could. It isn't a new claim that Bolt thinks he can run faster – heck, he broke the WR the first time by hot-dogging the last 10 meters. But to say that he hasn't even tried as hard as he can seems…ridiculous. It's entirely believable, but the notion that a man – who is only 23-years old by the way – can run a sub 9.6 100m and has been looking around at the other racers and not solely focused on the finish line…is a pretty ridiculous thing to imagine. ↵

↵Keep in mind that Stanford scientist Mark Denny got a lot of publicity in 2008 when he claimed that the 100m world record could "one day" go as low as 9.48 seconds. Could one day be in the next few years and not generations from now, as many people believed just two years ago? ↵

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↵Bolt mentions that while trying to relax and take this season easy, he does want to break American Michael Johnson's 10-year old world record in the 300m. According to SpeedEndurance.com, Bolt is scheduled to compete in the seldom-run 300m on May 27 at the Ostrava Golden Spike event in the Czech Republic. As he says, "we're not trying to overdo it this year." ↵

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↵Bolt seems extremely focused on the Olympics in 2012, and speaks to the large Jamaican population in London. For now, other than defending his world records when he needs to, Bolt is happy relaxing on the beach with friends and having a few beers. Wait…beers? ↵

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↵⇥"My life is much better financially but, most of all, it's been extremely fun. The only hard thing is that I've had to change my lifestyle a bit. I try not to go out so much and I can't do certain things now. But it's not so bad. I still drink my Guinness. I don't drink vodka or anything else. Just Guinness."
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↵Perhaps there's another sponsor in the works.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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