JAMAICAN SPRINTER TO RETIRE
By Nhlanhla Ndlovu
The fastest man on the planet Usain Bolt is set to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Brazil.
The 27-year-old was the first to achieve a double by winning 100m and 200m titles at consecutive Olympics, first in Beijing in 2008 followed by London in 2012.
Bolt revealed on Wednesday that he still wants to win more gold medals in Rio, set a new record in the 200m, and win a gold medal in the commonwealth games next year.
“So far, (it) is after the Olympics in Rio,” Bolt said of his retirement plans on the Supersport website.
The Jamaican believes that he can do as he wishes before he retires in three years’ time.
“I think if I am in great shape, I’ll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire, on top.”
Bolts has been identified as the most successful athlete after winning three gold medals in Moscow’s World Championships, now he has a total of eight gold and two silvers in the competitions and has won six gold in Olympics.
“If I want to be among the greats of (Muhammad) Ali and Pele and all these guys I have to continue dominating until I retire,” said Bolt ahead of his final race this season in the 100m at Friday’s Van Damme Memorial in Brussels.
An injury that Bolt suffered in 2010 kept him on a low form during the season.
“I kind of didn’t do much in the offseason and then got injured and had to start from scratch. So this season, I will not make that mistake again,” Bolt said.
Bolt will be looking to add more medals to his name as he will be making his debut in the commonwealth games next year at Glasgow, Scotland.
“I have never been to Commonwealths and so it is always good to add to your collection of gold medals,” Bolt said.