Bolt May Go for Four Golds in 2012; Tyson Gay, Others Sad

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We're thinking Usain Bolt has at least a puncher's chance of capturing four golds in London. But according to the trackster, whether or not he'll attempt it is not up to him. From the AP:

"For me, I don't know," Bolt said, when asked about the possibility of chasing four golds. "I always leave the decisions up to my coach."

Speaking ahead of Friday's Van Damme Memorial track and field meet, Bolt said if it were up to him, he would add the long jump to the 100, 400-relay and 200 meter sprints, rather than the 400.

In Beijing, his coach Glen Mills did not confirm Bolt for the 100 until the last moment, despite the fact that he was the world record holder. Of course, Bolt went on to win the 100, 200 and 100-relay golds, all in world-record times.

After a second golden triple at the Berlin world championships last month, Bolt could be the first male track athlete to earn four Olympic golds at the same games since Lewis at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Owens won four Olympic golds at the 1936 Berlin Games.

Somewhere, his competition is saying "Hey, silver medals are basically the same thing if you think about it for a second."