PARIS, July 16 – Triple Olympic gold sprint medallist Usain Bolt is targeting a top podium placing at next month's World Athletics Championships to move him one step closer to being a legend.Bolt, speaking here ahead of the fourth leg of the Golden League series at Stade de France on Friday, also downplayed the stunning return to form of American rival and defending triple world champion Tyson Gay.
The Jamaican claimed silver behind Gay in the 200m in 2007 but said his sights were set on going one better in Berlin come August.
"For me it’s very important," Bolt said. "I got silver last time in the World Championships, so I’m definitely working hard to get the gold this year. It would be a stepping stone for me being a legend to get one."
Gay has set the world lead of 9.77 seconds over 100m this year at the Rome Golden League meet, but Bolt was unconcerned.
"We didn’t really talk about that race," Bolt said of his and his coach Glen Mills’ reaction to Gay’s scorching run in the Italian capital.
"I guess he (Mills) is confident in my form so far this season, I’ve been doing well. He’s not worried.
"I don’t fear any athletes really, no matter what time they’re running. I’m always confident in myself because I know I train hard and work very hard for what I want.
"Any time the weather’s good, you never know. If me and Tyson have a showdown it’ll be very fast if the weather’s good."
He added: "I enjoy track and field and I enjoy competing. It’s always fun for me. I’m always a confident person when I go down to the track.
"You can’t break my confidence. When I lose, you just have to really look at what I did wrong and work on it and bounce back.
"My coach taught me one good thing: you have to learn to lose before you can win. I’ve learnt that part of it so even if I start losing I understand what I have to do to get back on top."