Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt believes he could set a new 200m world record as he embarks on the next leg of the men’s 200m race at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.
The world’s fastest man electrified Rio on Sunday by winning his third consecutive gold in the 100m sprints.
Bolt is aiming to win all three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 400m categories
The 29-year-old sprinter hopes to quash his 2009 world best of 19.19 seconds.
Bolt said a new record could be on the cards as he geared up for Tuesday’s opening round of the 200m sprints.
“I think if I can get a good night’s rest after the semifinals, it’s possible.
“I’m going to leave it all on the track and do the best I possibly can.”
Bolt has repeatedly said he wants to be the first man to run under 19 seconds in the 200m dash.
So far, Bolt’s fastest time in the 200m sprints this year is 19.89 seconds, set in London last month.
Usain Bolt Aims For Immortality
Historically, only four men have ever run quicker over the distance this season, the fastest this season being American, LaShawn Merritt with a best of 19.74 seconds.
Justin Gatlin, silver medallist in Sunday’s 100m, is second fastest, clocking 19.75 last month.
The ever-boastful Bolt says he intends to achieve a “triple triple” at the Rio Olympics.
Winning three consecutive Olympic golds in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m – will make him “immortal”.
Speaking to reporters, Bolt said:
“Somebody said if I win these three gold medals I would be immortal and I kind of liked it. So I’m going to run with that one.
“I came here to win three gold medals, I came here to prove myself as one of the greats.
“If by any chance it doesn’t happen, I’m going to feel sad because I didn’t do what I wanted to accomplish.
“I wanted to set myself apart from everybody else and this is the Olympics, I have to do it.”
Usain Bolt comfortably won the Men’s 100 meters gold medal with a time of 9.81 seconds.
With this win, Bolt became the first man to win the event 3 consecutive times at the Olympic Games.