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Bolt's coach will make the final call

Usain Bolt's coach is worried that going for the Olympic sprint double could hurt his chances of winning his preferred 200m race.

USin Bolt in action at the Aviva London Grand Prix.
USin Bolt in action at the Aviva London Grand Prix.

LONDON // Usain Bolt's coach is worried that going for the sprint double in the Beijing Olympics could hurt the 100m world record holder's chances of winning his preferred 200m race. The Jamaican sprinter has said he wants to compete in both, but is leaving the final decision to his coach Glen Mills. "You have to ensure that you are not going into it just because there is a chance of glory, you have to go there knowing that your chance is solid," Mills said after Bolt's 200m victory yesterday at the London Grand Prix.

"I think he will get a medal in both, it's a question of winning." Bolt's 19.76secs was the fastest 200 ever run in Britain and he beat Wallace Spearmon of the United States by more than half a second. Mills deems the 200 a much easier event for Bolt, as Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay have more experience in big events in the 100. "The 200 is the easier race based on his performances so far - it's not as competitive as the 100," Mills said.

The 21-year-old Bolt showed some of his inconsistency Tuesday, when his weak start at the DN Galan in Stockholm saw him lose to Powell by one-hundredth of a second. "In the 100 metres you need to be an experienced person at this level," Mills said. "The 100 we need to work out and master and we have 15 days to declare to the (Jamaican) association." Bolt embarked on the 100m to improve his speed in the 200m, but it "took off like a roller coaster" after setting the world record of 9.72secs on May 31, breaking Powell's mark of 9.74.

* AP