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Usain Bolt hints at Commonwealth Games glory

  • by MARK WOODS
 

USAIN Bolt has again hinted that he will chase Commonwealth Games glory in Glasgow next year, admitting his career would be incomplete without the lone title missing from his collection.

The six-times Olympic champion was one of many who declined to compete in Delhi three years ago, opting instead to focus on the subsequent world championships where he lost his 100 metres title to Jamaican rival Yohan Blake after a false start. Regaining that crown remains his top priority for 2013, despite a cameo appearance on the basketball court on Friday night in Houston in a celebrity game at the NBA’s All Star Weekend. However Glasgow could be next on the 26-year-old sprinter’s agenda.

Bolt said: “I’m not worrying too much about the Commonwealth Games right now. I’m worrying about the world championships. That’s what I have to focus on first. But after that I would like to win one before I retire because I’ve won everything except the Commonwealths. So I’d like to go.”

London is another likely destination for athletics’ biggest name this summer after July’s Diamond League meeting at the Olympic Stadium was awarded tax-exempt status, increasing its attractiveness to Bolt who has previously avoided Britain. “If my coach says I should then I definitely will go,” he confirmed.

It will likely bring him head to head with Blake, his training partner and the only genuine threat to his supremacy, both in Glasgow and at the world championships in Moscow.

“We’re competitors,” he underlined. “We’ll be going out there gunning for each other and to compete. Until then we’ll train together and get ready for it.”

Meanwhile, double Olympic champion Mo Farah will run half of this year’s Virgin London Marathon before making his debut over the full distance in 2014. Farah, who won the 5,000m and 10,000m on the track at London 2012, will start with the elite men’s field on April 21 alongside marathon world record holder Patrick Makau, Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich and world champion Abel Kirui. He said: “As a young boy growing up in London it has always been my ambition to run the London Marathon.”

 

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