bolt could switch to long jump at rio:
I want to do a Jesse: Bolt won't run in Rio but would love to do the long jump.
Usain Bolt could switch to long jump and challenge Britain’s Olympic champion Greg Rutherford at Rio 2016. The sprint king admits he needs a new goal after completing his historic ‘double double’ in London on Thursday night.
And Bolt says the idea of emulating his hero Jesse Owens, who won long jump gold in the 1936 Games, appeals to him.
“I have achieved my goal of becoming a living legend, so I need to sit down and find something else,” he revealed. “Something that's going to really motivate me to come out again and do great things.
“By Rio I’ll be 30 and I will have had my time as a sprinter, but long jump is something I’ve always wanted to try. Jesse Owens is someone I have a lot of respect for. He was a great athlete, he did great things for his country. He really pushed athletes to their best.”
Mike Powell, whose 8.95m long jump world record has stood for more than 20 years, believes Bolt has the raw skills to switch successfully.
“He could jump so far that it will be crazy,” said Powell. “The main elements in long jump are speed and height, which equals distance. He’s got them both.”
Bolt ruled out a switch to 400m, although not a one lap one-off showdown against new 800m world record holder David Rudisha.