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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Usain Bolt made his first major appearance in Rio de Janeiro leading up to the Olympics, talking about his desire to break 19 seconds in the 200 meters, then ending his engaging news conference by boogieing offstage, accompanied by more than a dozen near-naked Samba dancers.
Bolt takes to the track Saturday for opening rounds of the 100 meters. He is trying to take his total to nine gold medals over three Olympics. Bolt turns 30 on the night of the closing ceremony and, at Monday’s news conference, he reiterated that Rio will, in fact, be his last games.
Bolt said lowering his 200-meter record, which stands at 19.19 seconds, below the 19 mark, is something he wants.
He said training is going well despite his tender hamstring.