World double sprint record holder, Usain Bolt did a 43.58-seconds run when he anchored the Racer Lions club 4x 400m team at the 34th Gibson Relays, and now there are calls for Bolt to extend his reign to the quater-mile.
After collecting the baton some 20 metres behind and in fourth position, the triple Olympic and World Championships gold medallist returned the super time to close the gap to within five metres on leader Nicholas Maitland.
Maitlandâ€™s University of Technology team won the event in a world-leading 3:05.33, just 44 hundredths of a second ahead of Boltâ€™s Racers Lions team, which stopped the clock at 3:05.77 seconds. The only Jamaicans with sub-44 seconds 400-relay splits are Davian Clarke (43.51), Roxbert Martin (43.81), and Greg Haughton (43.88), who are all retired.
Many track and field aficionados including American Michael Johnson, who holds the 400m world record of 43.18secs, have long proposed that Bolt, who established world records of 9.58 and 19.19 in the 100m and 200m, respectively, should attempt the quarter-mile.
â€œThere has never been anyone whoâ€™s held the world records at 100, 200 and 400 metres and he (Bolt) has the potential to do that,â€ Johnson said on a visit to Jamaica in December.
â€œI think we can say that records will be broken, but I would venture to say that nobody is ever going to hold the world records at 100, 200 and 400 again if he (Bolt) does it. I donâ€™t think there will ever be a person that could do that,â€ added Johnson, who was in Jamaica to produce a one-hour documentary on Bolt.
Boltâ€™s career best over the 400m is 45.28secs, attained in 2007. The 23-yearold sprinter who is coached by Glen Mills opened his 2010 season by clocking 45.87secs in the event on February 14.
A month prior to January 14, the three-time world 100m world champion and former world record holder American Maurice Greene also said he believed Bolt has what it takes to break Johnsonâ€™s 400m record.
â€œUsain will probably go down as the ultimate sprinter â€™cause his 100m is going to get faster, his 200m is going to get faster and if he decides to run the 400, he will shatter that record too,â€ Greene said at the time.