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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.”
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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.”