Watch out for Bolt of lightning in Central

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 March, 2000, 12:00am

Expect a Bolt from the blue in Central tomorrow. British national junior champion Chris Bolt is ready to make an impact in his first attempt at the Hong Kong International Golden Mile.

'I can't say much about my chances as I've never met any of the runners here, but I think I can run comfortably as it's not hot,' said the 19-year-old.

Bolt has his eyes on victory - but has already written off his chances of breaking compatriot Anthony Whiteman's five-year-old record of four minutes and five seconds.

'Anthony is one of the two top 1,500 metres runners in Britain, so I don't think I can break his mark. I expect to run 4:10,' said Bolt, who clocked a personal best of 3:46 in the 1,500 metres last year.

The 19-year-old from London has been in good form, finishing second in the British National Cross-Country (10,000 metres) Championships two weeks ago followed by a fifth-place finish over 1,500 metres in a meet between Britain, Russia and Canada. But tomorrow will be his last race for a while. 'I'll take a rest after this one as I'm exhausted from racing since November.' His performance will also provide some hint about his chances of being selected for the Sydney Olympics.

'We have an Olympic trial in August and three of us will be sent to compete in Sydney,' he revealed. 'There are two top 1,500 metres runners in Britain and Anthony is one of them. Some 10 others, including me, will have to fight for the third slot.

Twelve runners will do battle around a course starting and finishing in Chater Road tomorrow.

Posing the biggest threat to Bolt will be Malaysia's Munsamy Arumugam, who has a personal best of 3:45 for the 1,500 metres, China's Shang Yunbao (3:49) and the Philippines' John Lozada (3:53).

In the women's international event, young Hong Kong runner Amie Shuttleworth will be looking to put up a strong challenge against a field of 11 runners led by China's Wang Qingfen.