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Bolt to race 150m on

Copacabana beach

Usain Bolt, the two-time reigning Olympic champion over 100 and 200m, will bid to better his world record over the rarely-raced distance of 150 metres on Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach on Sunday.

The Jamaican sprint star set the world best of 14.35sec over 150m at an exhibition race in Manchester in 2009, and will again race on a track laid over one of the world's most iconic sandy beaches.

“It will be my first speed event of the season,” said the 26-year-old, who last year claimed an unprecedented second treble gold sprint showing at the London Olympics. Turning to his goals for the 2016 Games, Bolt ruled out participating in the long jump while saying he would aim to compete in the 100, 200 and 4x100m relay.

“I'm very big and it could hurt my knees,” he said of the long jump.AFP


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