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Usain Bolt sets his sights on Glasgow Games 2014

Usain Bolt, the fastest man in history, has underlined his desire to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.

With six Olympic golds and eight World Championship wins under his belt, Bolt is widely regarded as the best sprinter of all time.

But there is one gap in the 27-year-old's collection - a Commonwealth medal.

Bolt was due to go to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, but he had to pull out with a hamstring injury.

But with no World Championships or Olympics next year, Bolt needs the buzz of a major event to compete at and it looks as though he is bound for Scotland.

"I have said to my coach that I would love to go to the Commonwealths," Bolt said at a book signing session for his autobiography 'Faster than Lightning'.

"It's something that I haven't done before.

"It's up to him, but I have said to him that I want to be a part of it.

"My coach will think about it and we will see what he says. I am not 100 per cent sure. We will discuss it and we will see what he says."

Ticket sales for Glasgow 2014 have already been very strong, but interest in the event will go through the roof if Bolt does compete.

Bolt first captured the world's attention when he won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Beijing and his stellar status was confirmed when he won the same three golds in London four years later.

British crowds fell in love with Bolt because of his charismatic personality, and judging by the crowds at the book signing in London, that popularity is still strong.

The crowds in Glasgow would give Bolt the same kind of welcome and the atmosphere would surely be better than the one at the World Championships in Moscow, where rows of empty seats were commonplace.

Two years after the Commonwealth Games come the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where Bolt hopes to become the first sprinter to win three 100m golds in a row.

The Jamaican had planned to retire after the 2016 Games, but he is having a rethink following a plea from his supporters and financial backers.

"I am definitely reconsidering (retiring after 2016)," Bolt added.

"I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring.

"They think I should carry on and so do my sponsors.

"I have discussed it with my coach and he says it is possible. We will see what happens but I think it's on the cards that I will extend it by one more year."

Bolt would break Linford Christie's record of becoming the oldest sprint champion in history if he competed at Tokyo in 2020, but the charismatic runner says that particular record does not appeal to him.

For now, all Bolt is concentrating on is 2014. Despite his success at the World Championships and the London Anniversary Games, Bolt was not entirely happy with how 2013 went.

His propensity to start races poorly annoyed him greatly and he wants to put that right next season - and he also has his sights set on breaking his 100m and 200m world records.

"I want to continue to dominate until the next Olympics so for me now the task is to push on," Bolt said.

"This season I will concentrate on trying to run fast.

"Last season I started slow and it didn't end it like I wanted it to. It was not the perfect season so next season I want to work hard and push myself, push my body to the limit and try and run as fast as I can. That will be my goal.

"I think I can break my 200m record. The 100m will be harder because it's more technical but it won't stop me having a go."

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