Britain's Derek Redmond believes Bolt will break 400m WR

Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt has been tipped by Great Britain’s Derek Redmond to extend his domination of sprinting events by adding the 400 metres to his collection of world records.

Redmond, a 4x400m relay gold medal winner at the 1991 World Championships, believes Bolt, who already holds the world record and the Olympic and world titles at 100 and 200m, could finish first over all three distances at the London Olympics in 2012.

Speaking at the Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassador Conference, Redmond said the Michael Johnson’s world record mark of 43.18 seconds over the 400m will also fall.

"My prediction for Usain Bolt is that he will become the first person to hold world records at 100m, 200m and 400m at the same time," he said.

"He started life as a 400m runner and I heard a rumour that his people wanted to find out what the timetable would be for 2012 so that he could have a chance of doing all three events.

"Whether he will or not remains to be seen, but I think he will start running 400m and if he gets it right he will set the world record for that as well.

"He could manage all three at a major championships. It would be tough but people have done the 800m and 1500m before, as well as the 400m and 800m.

"It can be done depending on the timetable, but it certainly won’t be easy.

"If anyone can do it, it’s him, but so much would depend on whether the format of 2012 would allow him to do it."

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  1. R Taylor says

    I think people need to take a hold of themselves now. Seems most think Bolt is inhuman. Doing all three at a major event is extremely difficult at best. The rounds will take it’s toll and I think if he do the work required to be a top two or three 400m runner it would take something away from his 100m sharpness. To do all three, you are talking about 12 races plus relay or relays, depending on what his coach wants. I think people should relax and enjoy what they are seeing and keep the speculation to themselves.

  2. J Banfield says

    I believe that it is a strong possibility if he Focuses on the 400. Being a 400 runner takes a more serious discipline and that is where my doubt comes in. Lets not forget Bolt started running the 100 to dodge running the 400 and took us all by surprise.

    Does he have the talent capable of breaking the 400 WR… yes
    Does he have the discipline and determination to train for it… QUESTIONABLE

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