Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:22

Sara Hall added to field for Bix 7

A few of the top entries in the elite field for the Quad-City Times Bix 7 have dropped out of the July 29 race due to injuries.

But elite athlete coordinator John Tope said he has added at least five new runners to the field, including a familiar face who should contend for the women’s championship of the 43rd annual race through the streets of Davenport.

Sara Hall, wife of U.S. half-marathon record-holder Ryan Hall, finished second in the Bix 7 in 2014 and should challenge Aliphine Tuliamuk for supremacy in the women’s field.

The 34-year-old Hall competed against Tuliamuk last month in the prestigious Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K in Albany, New York. After trailing for most of the race, she passed Tuliamuk in the final stretch and beat her by two seconds.

Hall also recently won the Gold Coast Half Marathon in South Africa. She and her husband have spent much of the summer in Africa after adopting five girls from Ethiopia a few years ago.

If she could win the Bix 7 women’s championship, she would become part of the first husband-wife champion duo in the race's history. Ryan Hall won the men's race in 2010.

Other new additions to the Bix field include Susan Tanui in the women’s race and Kevin Lewis, Dan Docherty and Haron Lagat in the men’s field. Lewis, from Minneapolis, ran the Bix 7 last year placing 15th.

Lagat is fairly new to road racing. He placed fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Track and Field Championships last year.

Among the withdrawals is Christo Landry, who finished second in the Bix 7 in 2014, the last time it served as the American championship race for seven miles. He is nursing a hamstring injury.

Also dropping out were Biya Simbassa and Jordan Hasay, who won the U.S. women’s 15k championship earlier this year.

Canada Names Its World Championships Team

Athletics Canada named today a team of 48 athletes to compete at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London, England, from Aug. 4 to 13.

“Our team features a great combination of seasoned world-class performers and talented upcoming athletes who are ready to make their mark,” said Head Coach Glenroy Gilbert. “Canadian success at recent Olympics, Paralympics and World Championships has been noticed and respected around the world. We look to capitalize on that positive momentum and perform at a high level in London.”

The team includes nine World Outdoor Championship medallists and two defending World champions. Nine athletes and one relay team on the roster is currently ranked top 10 on the IAAF performance list.

Competition will take place in London Stadium, the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Canadians in the 2017 Top 10 (as of July 17)
Damian Warner, second, decathlon
Men’s 4x100m, second 
Christabel Nettey, third, long jump
Evan Dunfee, fourth, 50km race walk
Andre De Grasse, eighth, 200m 
Elizabeth Gleadle, ninth, javelin

Michael Mason, ninth, high jump
Mohammed Ahmed, 10th, 5000m
Mohammed Ahmed, 10th, 10000m
Alysha Newman, 10th, pole vault

In 2015, at the last World Outdoor Championships in Beijing, China, the team won two world titles and eight medals overall. Medallists included Derek Drouin (high jump gold), Shawn Barber (pole vault gold), Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlon silver), Damian Warner (decathlon silver), Melissa Bishop (800-metres silver), Andre De Grasse (100-metres bronze), Benjamin Thorne (20km race walk bronze) and the men’s 4x100-metres relay team (bronze).

Female athletes
Melissa Bishop, 800m, Eganville, Ont., Dennis Fairall, Ottawa Lions Track and Field
Rachel Cliff, 10000m, Vancouver, Richard Lee, Unattached
Brittany Crew, shot put, Toronto, Richard Parkinson, Unattached
Crystal Emmanuel, 100m/200m, East York, Ont., Charles Allen, Flying Angels Track Club
Phylicia George, 100mH, Markham, Ont., Dennis Shaver, Flying Angels Track Club
Elizabeth Gleadle, javelin, Vancouver, Larry Steinke, Chinook Track and Field Club
Rachel Hannah, marathon, Barrie, Ont., David Korell, University of Toronto Track Club
Travia Jones, 400m/4x400m, Regina, Dennis Shaver, Unattached
Tarah Korir, marathon, St. Clements, Ont., Wesley Korir, Unattached

Geneviève Lalonde, 3000m steeplechase, Moncton, N.B., Dave Scott-Thomas, Speed River TFC
Natassha McDonald, 4x400m, Brampton, Ont., Collin Lewis, Project Athletics
Lanni Marchant, 10000m, London, Ont., Dave Mills, London Western Track Club
Noelle Montcalm, 400mH/4x400m, Belle River, Ont., Don Garrod, University of Windsor Athletics Club
Carline Muir, 400m/4x400m, Edmonton, Nick Dakin, Unattached
Christabel Nettey, long jump, Surrey, B.C., Bashir Ramzey, Unattached
Alysha Newman, pole vault, London, Ont., Doug Wood, Bolton Pole Vault
Anicka Newell, pole vault, Saskatoon, Cameron Meyer, Project Athletics
Jessica O’Connell, 5000m, Calgary, Mike Van Tighem University of Calgary Athletics
Dayna Pidhoresky, marathon, Vancouver, Josh Seifarth, Unattached

Sheila Reid,1500m, Newmarket, Ont., Mark Rowland, Newmarket Huskies
Andrea Seccafien, 5000m, Toronto, Ross Ristuccia, University of Toronto Track Club
Nicole Sifuentes, 1500m, Winnipeg, Mike McGuire, Unattached
Gabriela Stafford, 1500m, Toronto, Terry Radchenko, University of Toronto Track Club
Aiyanna Stiverne, 400m/4x400m, Laval, Que., Ronald Morency, Unattached
Sage Watson, 400mH/4x400m, Medicine Hat, Alta., Calgary International
Jillian Weir, hammer throw, Kingston, Ont., Greg Jack, Unattached
Natasha Wodak, 10000m, Vancouver, Lynn Kanuka, Prairie Inn Harriers

Male athletesMohammed Ahmed, 5000m/10000m, St. Catharines, Ont., Jerry Schumacher, Niagara Olympic
Bolade Ajomale, 4x100m, Richmond Hill, Ont., Kevin LaSure, Flying Angels
Shawnacy Barber, pole vault, Toronto, Dennis Mitchell, Project Athletics
Mathieu Bilodeau, 50km race walk, Québec City, Gerry Dragomir, Race Walk West
Aaron Brown, 200m/4x100m, Toronto, Dennis Mitchell, Phoenix Athletics
Johnathan Cabral, 110mH, Peribonka, Que., Jamie Cook, Unattached
Andre De Grasse, 100m/200m/4x100m, Markham, Ont., Stuart McMillan, Speed Academy
Evan Dunfee, 50km race walk, Richmond, B.C., Gerry Dragomir, Race Walk West
Derek Drouin, high jump, Corunna, Ont., Jeff Huntoon, Sarnia Athletics Southwest

Eric Gillis, marathon, Antigonish, N.S., Dave Scott Thomas, Speed River
Akeem Haynes, 4x100m, Calgary, Stuart McMillan, Unattached
Matthew Hughes, 3000m steeplechase, Oshawa, Ont., Jerry Schumacher, Unattached
Justyn Knight, 5000m, Toronto, Chris Fox, University of Toronto Track Club
Michael Mason, high jump, Nanoose Bay, B.C., Jeff Huntoon, Unattached
Brandon McBride, 800m, Windsor, Ont., Chris Scarrow, Windsor Legion
Tim Nedow, shot put, Brockville, Ont., Dane Miller, Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club
Brendon Rodney, 4x100m, Brampton, Ont., Simon Hodnett, Hamilton Elite Athletics
Gavin Smellie, 100m/4x100m, Brampton, Ont., Desai Williams, Flying Angels
Ben Thorne, 20km race walk, Kitimat, B.C., Gerry Dragomir, Race Walk West
Thomas Toth, marathon, Peterborough, Ont., Zach Johnson, Unattached
Damian Warner, decathlon, London, Ont., Les Gramantik, Unattached


Glenroy Gilbert, Ottawa, Head Coach
Carla Nicholls, Regina, Team Leader
Scott MacDonald, Ottawa, Technical Manager
Jared MacLeod, Winnipeg, Team Manager
Corey Dempsey, Niagara Falls, Ont., Assistant Manager
Kurt Downes, Harrow, Ont., Team Coach
Dave Scott-Thomas, Guelph, Ont., Team Coach
Heather Hennigar, Halifax, Team Coach

Jeff Huntoon, Toronto, Team Coach
Richard Parkinson, Stouffville, Ont., Team Coach
Jim McDannald, Montreal, Media Attaché
Danielle Chow-Leong, Toronto, Massage Therapist
Dr. Simon Pearson, Victoria, Chiropractor
Brenda Scott-Thomas, Guelph, Ont., Physiotherapist

Dr. Ricky Singh, Georgetown, Ont., Chiropractor
Lesley Tashlin, Ottawa, Massage Therapist
Dana Way, Winnipeg Beach, Man., Biomechanist
Dr. Paddy McCluskey, Victoria, Team Physician
Dr. Trent Stellingwerff, Victoria, IST Lead/Physiologist
Dr. Penny Werthner, Calgary, Mental Performance

Spikes Catches Up With Katarina Johnson-Thompson

At the end of 2016, Katarina Johnson-Thompson packed her bags and moved from Liverpool, where she’d lived and trained all her life, to Montpellier, France. FS caught up with the British heptathlete during her first return to home soil since the big move.

Her taxi driver from Manchester Airport was a Scouser. “I was listening to every single story he was telling. I was like, ‘I miss Liverpool so much!’ He had funny stories for days. I miss home and I miss people from home; even when I landed and I saw a grey sky, I wasn’t sad to see it. I just thought: this is home.”

Her mum has been over to France a couple of times, and although she misses home comforts, “it’s OK with my family, I can always text them or phone”. It’s the dogs, Chorizo and Bronx, she misses the most. “They don’t really respond on FaceTime.”

Being far from friends is tough, but is nothing new. Since she was young she’s missed out on “normal teenager stuff” like holidays and festivals. “If I didn’t do athletics it would be nice to just chill in the summer, you know?” she says.

But on this point she recalls 2012. “All my friends went to Majorca Rocks,” she says, “and during the Olympics they had me on the big screen watching me compete. At the end of the year I looked back, and I was gutted that I didn’t go to Majorca, but look what I achieved at the end of the summer. I’ve always had the bigger picture in my head.” That same pragmatism drove her to move.

In Liverpool, under her old coach Mike Holmes, Johnson-Thompson’s routine had stopped yielding results. “I had to change something,” she says. “I tried to change some things in training. But it was never fully changed, if that makes sense? I tried to adapt, to change in Liverpool, but it would always go back to the same stuff.”

Rio proved the tipping point. “I just needed out. I needed a new perspective on things, a different way of training, a new way of looking at the events.” Greg, her agent, adds that being the only elite athlete in her group in Liverpool, “she was having to run with the guys for the sprints and still beating them”.

In Montpellier, the facilities are little different. “It’s pretty much just a track,” says Johnson-Thompson. But now she has Olympic decathlon silver medallist Kevin Mayer and two-time European heptathlon champ Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida for company.

Both have traits that Johnson-Thompson can feed off. She says she’s picking up habits from Nana Djimou, particularly “in the throwing events and hurdle events, because she’s phenomenal at them. It’s good to just be around her”.

Mayer, meanwhile, who won silver in Rio after seasons riddled with injury. “He is experienced in how to manage his own body and how to get the best out of himself,” she says. “I do like the shared experience. It’s definitely helping me.”

Under her new coaches, Bertrand Valcin, Jean-Yves Cochand and Bruno Gajer, Johnson-Thompson now trains more than ever before, up from three days a week to four, typically in both the morning and afternoon, practising each of her seven events at least once a week, every week, since December. “It’s definitely heavy,” she says. “For me to do back-to-back training is unheard of. I’d never done that before.”

As well as more frequent, the sessions are harder. Previously, the longest she’d cover in a running drill was 300m. “This year has completely changed. I do 600m, 500m and stuff.” This goes for the gym, as well. Normally she’d lay off the weights for a month before a heptathlon. Ahead of Götzis this year, she was doing sessions until four days before. “I definitely felt tired, even the Thursday before,” she admits. “I felt like I’d been training a lot. It felt like non stop.”

This had her in the dark as to how she would perform in her first full outing under her new regime. “I honestly didn’t know if it was working,” she adds. “You never know. It’s something I’ve had to dive into. I made a tough decision and fingers crossed it’s going to be the best approach for me personally and physically.”

This is why, despite having just passed through four countries in less than a week, despite little sleep, despite finishing fourth at the weekend, Johnson-Thompson is happy.

“That heptathlon has given me so much more confidence now. I didn’t feel 100%. It was my first competition with my new coach and I got a PB: my first PB since 2014.

“I feel like there’s a lot more to work on as well. I’ve definitely got confidence coming away from that. And the fact that I got through it as well. No disasters, no injuries. It’s all good.”

Johnson-Thompson admits that, after Rio, she considered packing in heptathlon and focusing on the high jump. She couldn’t walk away. “There’s no way I could live with myself at the end of my career [knowing] that I’d just give up on my dream.” Going through seven events, building a score, crossing the line with nothing left in the tank, “just feels better”.

The scoring in Gotzis suggests this year’s London World Championships will be a slugfest, and you should expect Johnson-Thompson to be at the heart of the battle. “My coach didn’t make me peak for [Götzis],” she says, pointedly. “I only got one personal best in the competition and I was still with them, even though they were all getting PBs.”

The priority is squeezing the most out of her best events – high jump and long jump (she hasn’t ruled out competing as an individual in those disciplines as well). The latter is something she still “definitely needs to work on”. She has a more relaxed attitude to other events, like the throws, which she believes “eventually will sneak up and up”.

Though parts of her new life in France are testing – her limited French vocab is “athletics-based rather than day-to-day” – the novelty her new surroundings means “it feels like a training camp that‘s there to train and get the best out of yourself”. She’s not in Liverpool, but Johnson-Thompson’s says she is “really happy, the place I’m in at the minute”.

Which is fantastic. She is right now Britain’s great combined events athlete. In April she was brought to tears watching Anthony Joshua win the world title. She herself has a chance to become a world champion in front of 60,000 British fans in August. Now enjoying a new lease of fitness, she is brimming with excitement as to what she can achieve when properly prepared.

“[After Götzis] I was a bit taken aback, but now I feel like it’s something I can do as well,” she says.

“I didn’t get the memo that that was going to be the best heptathlon competition in history! I was just taking it as my opener! Now I feel like I’ve got the memo, I can be ready for London.”

Jessica Ennis-Hill to get belated gold after Chernova loses appeal

Jessica Ennis-Hill will receive a gold medal for her third world heptathlon title in a special ceremony at London 2017 next month, six years after winning the event in Daegu.

That result was finally confirmed on Tuesday when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed Tatyana Chernova's appeal against a blood doping ban.

As well as appearing to beat Ennis-Hill to gold in 2011, Chernova had won bronze medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

But the 29-year-old Russian has now lost all of those results after twice testing positive when her anti-doping samples were later re-analysed. Her biological passport has also revealed years of blood doping.

Ennis-Hill has been waiting for official confirmation of the 2011 result since November, when world athletics governing body the IAAF first stripped Chernova of victory, but the medal could not be reallocated until the Russian had exhausted her right to appeal.

CAS actually ruled against Chernova in November, as the Swiss-based court had to stand in for Russia's suspended athletics federation, and Chernova's appeal was based on questioning the jurisdiction of that original hearing. These very narrow grounds for appeal were quickly dismissed.

In a statement, CAS said: "The panel found there was a valid arbitration agreement referring the matter to CAS for a first-instance decision in place of (the Russian federation) and accordingly, the athlete's submission concerning the jurisdiction of the CAS first-instance decision failed.

"As this was the only issue raised in the appeal, the panel dismissed the appeal and confirmed the initial CAS award."

This verdict is timely as it had appeared that the IAAF's plans to reallocate medals originally won by dopers to their rightful owners in London could be frustrated by delays in the appeal process.

But Press Association Sport understands there will be several medal ceremonies - including one for veteran British distance runner Jo Pavey, who has been upgraded to bronze at the 2007 Worlds - during the 10-day championships, and not just for British athletes.

Ennis-Hill, 31, retired from the sport last October but can now look forward to receiving a record-equalling third world heptathlon title, to go along with her Olympic gold and silver, in front of a packed London Stadium.

When these ceremonies will take place is still being decided but they are most likely to happen during the three sessions without scheduled medal ceremonies.

It is unlikely, however, that every British athlete currently owed a medal because of a rival's doping conviction will get a medal ceremony in London, as the cases from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics are taking longer to process.

London is staging the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships from August 4-13.

Laura Muir in a good place as she prepares for World Championships

Laura Muir retains major ambitions for the World Championships after continuing her impressive comeback from a foot injury with victory in her latest race.

The Scot was given little chance of realising her goal of running in both the 1500 metres and 5000m after being forced to rest last month when a stress fracture of the foot was diagnosed.

But she followed up personal bests at 800m and the mile in her first two races back with a comfortable 1500m win in Padova, Italy, on Sunday, coming home in four minutes 5.01 seconds.

"I was really happy to get the win," Muir told Press Association Sport. "It's great to be back racing and I'm just looking forward to London in a month's time.

"Training has been going really well and I'm really happy with where I'm at with my racing too. It's full steam ahead towards London and everything is going well.

"When I first had the injury I didn't know how long it was going to take to fully recover and how it would react.

"It wasn't really until I got back running and saw what shape I was in that I knew what was still going to be on the table.

"But it's gone really well since I've been back and I'm running really well. So it's all looking good. I'm going to do the 1500 and 5k."

Late last month, British Athletics performance director Neil Black gave Muir a one per cent chance of doubling up at London in August in the wake of her injury, but the 24-year-old was quick to dispel such a prognosis.

And the injury scare has only strengthened Muir's resolve to claim her first medals at a major outdoor championships following her double gold in the European indoors in March.

"For me you really appreciate what you have when it's taken away from you," the vet student said.

"I'm just really happy to be back running, but at the same time I still want to do really well at the World Champs. I think I'm still capable of running really well there."


Time running out for world champs hopefuls

Time is running out for a handful of Kiwi athletes still looking to qualify for next month's world athletics championships in London.

Double Olympic medallist Nick Willis is among those hoping to make New Zealand's July 23 cut-off for selection and join the eight-strong team announced earlier this year.

Willis, a 1500m silver medallist in 2008 who also won bronze in 2016, is gradually working his way back to form after taking a post-Rio break.

He clocked three minutes 37.69 seconds in Brussels on July 9, then 3min 36.95sec in Padova, Italy a week later.

He'll have a final chance to better the 3:36 A standard at the Monaco Diamond League meeting in three days.

Willis's Padova time has bettered the B standard, and is enough at the moment to earn him an IAAF invitation as one of the top 45 runners in the world.

The IAAF's qualification system combines entry standards and invitations based on performance lists, with a maximum of three per country, and Willis lies 42nd at the moment.

Three other Kiwis are also hovering close to receiving an invitation for the nine-day world championships, which begin in London on August 4.

Javelin thrower Ben Langton-Burnell is ranked 27th, inside the target top 32 by virtue of a personal best 82.44m set last month.

Discus thrower Marshall Hall's chances also look good, the 28-year-old Southlander ranked 23rd after a 64.55m effort in the United States late in May.

Hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe, 24, is sitting 26th after throwing 70.35m in the New York Hammer Series two days ago, 40cm less than her all-time best set last year in London.

Olympic bronze medal-winning pole vaulter Eliza McCartney, part of the initial six-strong squad named in April, is nursing an achilles tendon injury and will struggle to be at her best next month.

She broke her own national record in clearing 4.82m in February, then soared over 4.75m at the Rome Diamond League meeting last month before no-heighting in Oslo and withdrawing from London.

In contrast, shot putter Tom Walsh has been improving steadily, throwing a season best 21.97m in Lausanne last week, 24cm short of his all-time best.

USADA Bans 60-Year-Old Walker

USADA announced today that Scott McPherson, of Lubbock, Texas, an athlete in the sport of track & field, has received a four-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation.

McPherson, 60, tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid (AAS) and/or its metabolites, which was confirmed by carbon isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as a result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on February 18, 2017, at the USATF 2017 Masters Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Every urine sample that USADA collects is scrutinized under an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program that examines levels of multiple steroid biomarkers of doping. Specific samples that exhibit atypical qualities are then targeted for more sophisticated IRMS analyses, which can reveal the presence of synthetic AAS use.

The use of any exogenous anabolic agent is prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Association of Athletics Federations Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

McPherson’s four-year period of ineligibility began on March 23, 2017, the date his provisional suspension was imposed. In addition, McPherson has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to February 18, 2017, the date his positive sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, USADA manages a drug reference hotline, Global Drug Reference Online (, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

24 Cubans Tabbed For World Championships

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 17 (acn) Cuba will attend with 24 athletes the World Athletics Championships of London, England, from August 4 to 13.

The list is headed by women Yarisley Silva, pole vaulter, and Denia Caballero, Beijing 2015 world monarchs; as well as the other discus thrower Yaime Perez, who ranked fourth in that same contest.

It is also notable the presence of decathlonist Leonel Suarez, double Olympic bronze medalist and runner-up in Berlin 2009 WC, and heptathlonist Yorgelis Rodriguez, Toronto 2015 Pan American champion and seventh seat in Rio 2016 Olympics.

The group also includes short hurdlers Roger Valentin and Yordan O'Farril, long jumpers Juan Miguel Echevarria and Maikel Masso, along with triple jumpers Andy Diaz, Lazaro Martinez and Cristian Napoles.

Roxana Gomez (women´s 400m), Yoandrys Lescay (men´s 400m), Rose Mary Almanza (women´s 800m), Liadagmis Povea (women´s triple jump), Yanniubis Lopez (women´s shot put), Zuriam Hechevarria (women´s 400m hurdles), José Luis Gaspar (men´s 400 m hurdles) and Dailin Belmonte (women´s marathon) will also be present in London.

Finally, the men's 4x 400 relay will include Adrian Chacon, Osmaidel Pellicier, Williams Collazo and Leandro Zamora.
In Beijing 2015 WC, Cuba ranked tenth with two gold and one silver medals.

Hunter Second-Youngest U.S. 3:36 Guy Ever

Today in Padova, Italy, Loudoun Valley (Va.) High graduate Drew Hunter joined Jim Ryun and Matthew Centrowitz as the only US-born men to break 3:37 in the 1500m as a teenager.

Hunter, who turned pro last year, ran 3:36.77 to finish third behind Kenya's Jonathan Sawe and Djbouti's Ayanleh Souleiman. Olympic bronze medalist Nick Willis was fourth behind Hunter.

Unfortunately, Hunter's time won't count towards the U20 record books because Hunter turns 20 this year.

Sub-3:37 U.S. Teenagers All-Time:

3:36.1h Jim Ryun (19 years, 84 days)
3:36.77 Drew Hunter (19 years, 319 days)
3:36.92 Matthew Centrowitz (19 years, 201 days)

This double-amputee bladerunner says he will 'run faster than Usain Bolt' in 3 years

New Zealand para-athlete Liam Malone wants to design "super blades" that will allow him to run faster than world record sprinter Usain Bolt.

The self-professed "face of blade running" is currently in London for the World Para Athletics Championships.

Malone was unable to compete in the finals because of an injury, but he told Channel 4 that he wants to "become the fastest person on the planet."

Malone, 23, won gold medals in the 200 metre and 400-metre events at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

He was beaten by Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock in the 100-metre final last year, and his fastest time in the event in some way off Bolt. Malone's personal best is 10.90 seconds, Bolt's world record stands at 9.58 seconds.

Malon is confident, however. "I'm going to be the fastest man on the planet ever," Malone said on Sunday. "I'm going to design a unique pair of blades that are going to be called super blades.

"Count on it, next three years, I'll run faster than Usain Bolt."

To achieve his goal, he could call on the help of some of the biggest companies in the world. Earlier this year, Malone said he would relish the opportunity of working with Amazon, Google, or Facebook.

"The most important thing for me to do [in sprinting] is become the fastest man on the planet, run 9.5 seconds and use technology to do it," Malone told New Zealand site News Hub.

"I want to work for a technology company that's changing the world, maybe Amazon, maybe Google or Facebook. I think they're all doing wonderful things that will have a profound effect on our future."