Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Headline Sports! Bolt Can Run 42 For 400m

American track & field legend, Michael Johnson, believes Usain Bolt is capable of adding the 400-metre world record to his glowing list of accomplishments.

Johnson, who is in the island for a BBC documentary with Bolt, believes the world record holder for the 100 and 200 metres "is good enough to run 42 seconds but ... he will have to develop his strength-and-speed endurance."

The man who dominated the track and set world records in the 200 and 400 metres in the 90s and early 2000s, said Bolt, who ran 9.58 and 19.19 seconds for the 100 and 200 metres world records, has the potential to add the 400m to his name.

And if he does, Johnson, who holds the mark at 43.18 seconds, said: "Nobody is ever going to hold the world record at 100, 200 and 400 metres again if he (Bolt) does it."

According to Johnson though, the 400m record is more difficult to break than the 100 and 200 marks.

"The training is going to be much more significant for the 400m than the 100 and 200 metres," said Johnson.

"That natural ability and gift that he has, has helped him to be great at 100 and 200 metres, but at 400m that gift is still there and is still important. But the longer the distance, the less it becomes," he added. "Training, endurance and most important speed-endurance becomes a more important factor."

As to how faster Bolt can run in the 100 and 200 metres, Johnson, king of the track in his time, said: "I don't know, I don't think anyone knows, not even Usain knows. But most people would agree that he can run faster, but how much faster, no one knows."

Click here to read the full story on the Jamaica Gleaner’s website

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