• Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has set his sights on breaking his 200-metre world record in 2014. (AAP)
With no major athletics meets scheduled for 2014, six-time Olympic gold-medal sprinter Usain Bolt will concentrate on lowering his own 200m record time.
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UPDATED 10:58 AM - 23 Nov 2013

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has set his sights on breaking his own 200-metre world record in 2014 with no competitions to distract his focus.

Bolt, who was last week named IAAF male World Athlete of the Year for a fifth time, captured yet another triple gold haul at the world championships in Moscow, defending his 100 and 200m titles before anchoring the Jamaican team to victory in the 4x100 relay.

But records were off the agenda this year despite claiming the world-leading 200 time in Moscow, a situation the 27-year-old is keen to rectify as he plans for 2014.

"Definitely for this season me and my coach have decided to focus on running faster because there is no championship, so we are definitely targeting the 200 metres," Bolt said during a visit to Tokyo's Olympic Stadium on Friday.

"Hopefully I can stay injury-free and everything will go well this season and I can break the world record."

Bolt set the current 200 world mark of 19.19s and the 100 record of 9.58 at the world championships in Berlin in 2009.

"We're going to to run a lot more 200s this season and we'll see if we can get it done."

Six-time Olympic gold-medal winner Bolt earlier this year indicated that the 2016 Rio Games would be the swansong to his glittering career at the age of 30, before hinting in September that he could carry on for another year.

He revealed on Friday that his coach believes he is capable of continuing until the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, even if the athlete himself does not share his enthusiasm.

"So it's something on his mind and not on my mind. I want to retire in 2017, but even if I don't run here I'll definitely be here because I enjoy watching track and field. We'll see what happens, but I want to retire in 2017."

Bolt also had words of encouragement for Asian sprinters as they strive to break the 10-second mark, pointing to the example of Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre as the first person of European descent to achieve the feat.

"It takes hard work and dedication, talent but also focus.

"I never thought I would run 9.58 once. I put my mind to it and I worked hard."