The greatest sprinter who has ever lived may be ending his career in just a few short years. Usain Bolt says he plans to retire “on top” after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
On Wednesday, the Jamaican sprinter claimed that he wanted to win more gold in Rio, set another world record in the 200 meters within the next year and possibly win another gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Bolt says he wants to be remembered like Muhammad Ali and Pele as one of the the greatest athletes of all-time.
Bolt won three gold medals at the world championships in Moscow last month to become the most decorated athlete in the history of the track worlds with eight gold medals and two silvers. He already has six golds in Olympic competition.
The 27-year-old Bolt won the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and at the London Olympics last year. He also accomplished the same feat at the 2009 world championships before doing it again in Moscow last month.
Bolt had the following to say about his career and retirement plans:
So far, (it) is after the Olympics in Rio. 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. 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.
Bolt currently owns world records in the 100 and 200 meters, and he shares the 4×100 record with his Jamaican teammates. He claims the 100-meter record of 9.58 seconds will be tough to beat, but thinks he can improve on the 19.19 he ran in the 200 in Berlin at the world championships four years ago.
Additionally, he has never competed in the Commonwealth Games and wants to do that next year in Glasgow, Scotland to add to his trophy case.
The world of track and field definitely won’t be the same without Usain Bolt.
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