Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt is hoping to break the unofficial world record over 100 meters indoors when he runs his first ever race in Poland at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw on Saturday.
The Jamaican world record holder will have his eyes on a special mark when he competes over 100 meters on a newly laid track at Warsaw’s National Stadium, which has a retractable roof.
“I’ve never run indoors, I was always too tall,” Bolt joked at a news conference on Wednesday.
“When I heard there was going to be a roof, I was looking forward to that.”
If the roof is closed, the competition would count as an indoor event, a novelty itself for Bolt, but the new surface could call into question the legitimacy of any times set.
The towering Bolt, however, said, perhaps with his tongue placed firmly in his cheek, he is looking to challenge Namibian Frankie Fredericks’s unofficial indoor world record of 10.05 seconds set in 1996.
“If they treat it as an indoor world record it’ll be good for me,” said Bolt, who holds both 100 and 200m outdoor world records.
“It’s always good to have more records.”
Bolt, who has had an injury affected year, will close his season on August 28 at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich where he is set to run in the 100 meter event.
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