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Bolt: People will believe I am clean in few years

OLYMPIC champion Usain Bolt believes it will take a couple of years to convince some people he is breaking world records without doping.

The 23-year-old Bolt broke his own marks in the 100 and 200 meters in August at the Berlin world championships. He had originally set those two at last year's Beijing Olympics, along with the world record in the 4x100 relay with Jamaica.

"I'll continue running fast, I am clean without a doubt," Bolt said on Thursday at an event in London.

"As soon as you start running fast there's going to be a problem. It's going to take a couple of years for people to start believing that you're actually clean.

"If you continue running fast and doing it clean and then, over a period of time, all the tainting will go away. People will continue to say it until that period of time."

In the past decade American sprinters Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, Justin Gatlin and Kelli White plus Briton Dwain Chambers have been banned for doping offences.

Last month four of Bolt's compatriots were banned for three months after being found guilty of using the banned stimulant methylxanthine.

"People always say things, the sport has been through a lot. But it's changing, definitely," Bolt said. "The IAAF is doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport."


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