Usain Bolt, fresh from winning an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic 100m gold, said he was open to racing newly-appointed world 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk over 300m.

Bolt, 29, is world record holder in the 100 and 200m and said he would fancy his chances against the 24-year-old South African, but over 300m, not 400m.

“That would be a good race!” Bolt enthused of the potential staging of the rarely-run 300m. “This year I was hoping that I was in good shape when my coach told me that they were going to put on a 300m. I wasn’t in the best of shape,” he said.

Bolt said he was confident Van Niekerk, who has a best of 9.98sec in the 100m and 19.94sec in the 200m, would not beat him over the latter distance.

“He can’t beat me over 200m. I am not worried about that but I am really proud of him because when he came to Jamaica I said to him, ‘Listen, you are the only person that I think can break this 400m world record’,” Bolt said.

“My coach always wants me to run 400m,” said Bolt, who has often complained at how hard the training for the 400m was.


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