Bolt Will Not Retire in 2016

The world’s fastest man and double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt has changed his scheduled date for retirement.

Initially Bolt indicated that he would like to bring his incredibly successful career to an end after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,  but has now stated that sponsorship commitments have forced him to keep sprinting until 2017.

“That was the initial plan [to retire after the Rio Games],” Bolt told The Daily Mail. “But my sponsor has asked me to go on for another year, to 2017 and London.

“I’ll be doing one event, the 100. I’ve already discussed it with my coach. I can concentrate on that, and on retiring on a winning note.”


The 28 year old is the world-record holder in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay.

Bolt’s main focus for 2015 will be the World Championships in Beijing from August 22-30 where he aims to add to his haul of eight world golds and the former William Knibb Memorial High School star also has one eye on breaking his own 100m world record of 9.58 seconds, set in Berlin in 2009.

“If everything goes well this season…in my life anything is possible. If I can get myself in good shape, it should be wonderful this season,” he added.

“I live for competition. I thrive on competition. I live to compete against the best.”

Usain Bolt - Image via Puma
Usain Bolt – Image via Puma

Source: Daily Mail

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