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Bolt rules out triple-gold target in 2012

USAIN Bolt, the 100 and 200 meters Olympic champion and world record holder, has ruled out running for three individual golds at the 2012 London Games.

Reports earlier this week suggested organizers could rearrange the schedule to allow Jamaican Bolt to defend his 100 and 200 titles, as well as run in the 400 in London.

But Bolt, who also picked up a gold medal as part of Jamaica's record-breaking 4x100 team in Beijing last August, rejected any possibility of running the three individual events.

"I never actually said that I could run three events, because that's a lot of load and I really doubt whether I can do that," Bolt said at the launch of his track club in the Jamaican capital Kingston late on Tuesday.

"I don't think that I could do that at one track meet, so somebody got it wrong along the line. I may be doing 100 and 200, or 200 and 400, but not all three."

The 22-year-old is the main attraction at the Racers Track Club, which lists his coach Glen Mills as founder and president.

The club, which coaches athletes for the 100, 200, 400 and 400 hurdles, has 23 athletes on its roster, including two female sprinters. It has attracted athletes from around the Caribbean as well as from as far away as Gambia and South Africa.

Bolt said the club would "do wonders" for Jamaica and that Mills would push the athletes to great things.

Meanwhile, Dayron Robles, Olympic champion and world record-holder in the 110 hurdles, will open his outdoor season on June 10 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Cuban Robles is also moving his training camp this week to Spain.

"I feel fine and I'm anxious to begin competing and see how it goes in every race," Robles said on Tuesday. "I don't have any pressure. The important thing is to relax and be confident in my chances."

Robles has not competed since getting injured in February in France at an indoor meet.

He said he hoped to compete in eight to 10 meets before the world championships in Berlin in August.

Robles, who has been training in Ecuador, set the world record a year ago in Ostrava, Czech Republic, clocking 12.87 seconds. He went on to win at the Beijing Olympics and will be the favorite at the world championships.

Two years ago at the Osaka worlds, he failed to finish among the top three in a race won by former record-holder Liu Xiang of China.


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