Double Paralympic champion Malone vows to run faster than Bolt

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Two-time Paralympic gold medallist Liam Malone has vowed to run the 100 metres faster than Usain Bolt in the next three years.

Bolt smashed the world record to win World Championship gold in style in 2009 and his time of 9.58 seconds in Berlin has not been bettered.

The winner of eight Olympic gold medals, Bolt will retire this year and double-leg amputee Malone plans to use advancing technology to go quicker than the Jamaican in the near future.

New Zealander Malone, who won T44 200m and 400m gold in Rio last year, told BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm aiming for 9.4 seconds.

"In the next three years I'll run faster than Usain Bolt over 100m.

"It won't be done in the Paralympics, and I've no intention of ever racing Usain Bolt or able-bodied people, it's about racing against their time outside of the rules and regulations that limit technology.

"That's what I'm focused on at the moment. If you were me and you were bullied as a kid from five to 15, and you had this opportunity to use technology to do something that hasn't been done before, you'd absolutely want to do it and that's what I'm doing."

He added: "The point is that artificial bodies improve at a faster rate than the biological body. Until about nine years old, my legs were basically like a pirate's from the 16th century - wood, rubber, really basic.

"It's only in the last five to 10 years I've had these new forms of technology come through. If blades are allowing blade runners to run as fast as able-bodied human beings at this point, what's it going to look like in 20 years?

"It's not just in Paralympic sport. Artificial bodies is one of the biggest trends in the world - from dying your hair to using contact lenses to hearing aids to breast implants and fake teeth. It really is the future.

"Human beings love customising things and the human body is the pinnacle of something you can customise."