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Bolt still considering 400m, long jump

Oct 10, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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Phew, we were concerned Usain Bolt might be getting boring there for a second.

Earlier this week the Jamaican sprinter, who holds world records in the only three events he runs, said he’d probably just attempt a repeat of his Beijing and London gold medal performances in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay instead of trying anything new. Now it sounds like he’s changed his mind.

“It’s just to find something else now to strive towards,” Bolt told reporters in Tokyo. “There’s a few things I’ve thought about. I could try another event. Maybe the long jump or the 400 meter.”

He also discussed playing soccer and referred to himself as a legend at least twice.

Bolt had success in the 400m on the youth and junior circuits, and still holds the sixth fastest under-18 time, but decided to focus on the shorter events for the Olympics. His personal best of 45.28, set in 2007, wouldn’t have even got him in the London final, which Greneda’s Kirani James won with a world record 43.94.

As far as the long jump goes, world record holding American Mike Powell, who jumped 8.95m in 1991, said after the 2009 world championships that he thinks Bolt could be the first man to break 9.00m (nearly 30 feet) because the event is perfectly suited for his speed and height. Hopefully we’ll find out if that’s true in Rio.