Usain Bolt is just about done with all challenges and challengers. If he wins gold in the 200m later this week, he will be the 3X reigning Olympic champ in the 100 and 200 sprints. Arguably, the greatest Olympian of all-time. But, Bolt may have one more mountain to conquer.
Bolt was notably excited watching South African Wayde van Niekerk win the 400m and break Michael Johnson’s 17 year old world record at the summer games. In an interview with The Telegraph, Bolt said he would like to race van Niekerk, saying:
That would be a good race. 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’.
The race distance Bolt believes would be fair for both runners would be the 300m, an unconventional distance in track. In a way, this makes sense for Bolt. He has said these Olympics will be his last so he will eventually begin to settle into a different life. Before that happens, a 300m run against the current 400m world record holder would certainly garner some interest and potentially make some money.