My dream is to run beside Bolt, says wild card Pak sprinter Liaquat

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2012, 19:34 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan`s wild-card sprinter Liaquat Ali, who is hoping to race against Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay, is aiming to give the world`s fastest men a run for their money at the London Olympics.

Liaquat, 27, is Pakistan`s sole track representative in the men`s draw for the Olympics and holds the national record of a 10.10. However, he knows he needs to improve considerably to challenge the world record of 9.58 set by Bolt, reports The Express Tribune.

"I hope I get a chance to be in the same heat as Bolt or Gay, it`s one of my biggest dreams. I like Gay`s style of running and that`s why he is my favourite," said Liaquat.

Liaquat`s coach, Maqsood Ahmed, said the athlete has the potential to better his national record at the Olympics.

"Liaquat has worked really hard to get ready for the Olympics. The competition in London will be very tough, so his main aim is to improve the national record," said Ahmed.