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In case you have not gotten a copy of Usain Bolt: My Story 9.58 – Being the World’s Fastest Man, please do so quickly.
Usain Bolt autobiography is not only entertaining but also very inspiring, regardless if your an athlete or doing regular job.
Bolt speaks from the heart in this revealing autobiography. From his experiences as a schoolboy athlete and his struggles with injuries; to his family life and performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2009 World Championships in Berlin, he recounts and shares, in his customary easy-going and candid style, his hopes and his regrets, and his plans for the future.
Perhaps one of the most interesting revelations Bolt made in the book, was one where he declared he can go faster than 9.58. Just how fast you think Bolt can go? This is what lightning Bolt said:
“When I clocked 9.72 seconds to set the world 100m record in New York, I knew I could do better; when I ran 9.69 to win gold at the Olympics, I knew there was a lot more to come; and now, having run 9.58 in Berlin, I believe I can go even faster.”
“It is possible for me to run 9.4. You can’t be sure when or where, but the major competitions are when I take it seriously and shine through. That’s business time, and I’m not going to let anyone take my titles away, so the World Championships in Korea in 2011 or the London Olympics in 2012 are where it will probably happen.”
“To get from 9.58 to 9.4 will involve a lot of hard work – it will have to be the perfect race from the start, through the drive phase, to making sure my focus is straight ahead and maintaining my form to the end. I’ve never been the best starter, but it’s improving, and I must stop looking from side to side, which is my worst habit. I lose time that way, but I can’t help it. My coach Glen Mills says he could cure the problem in an instant by putting blinkers on me like they do with racehorses.”
Bolt also weigh in on the 200m record.
“As for the 200 metres, I don’t know what the limit is. My 19.30 in Beijing broke Michael Johnson’s 19.32, which had stood for 12 years. But I run the corner more efficiently now, which is why I got the record down to 19.19 at the 2009 World Championships. I dream of being the first man to go under 19 seconds.”
“I was 24 in August 2010, and Coach says it will be at least two more years before I peak, maybe three. I’m nowhere near finished yet.”
Just how fast you think Bolt can go?