Usain Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medallist, has stated that he would retire from athletics after the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF, World Championships in London.
According to the Daily Mail, an England-based online news portal, the Jamaican 28-year-old decided on February 14 to retire in 2017 after the World Championships, in spite of his former promise to retire after the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The news portal then confirmed that Bolt will end his illustrious career on the same track where he retained the Olympic 100m and 200m titles he won in bursting to the top of his sport at the 2008 Beijing Games.
It said that Bolt sought to add to his total of eight world gold medals at this summer’s World Championships in Beijing.
“The initial plan was to sign off after Rio, but my sponsor 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,’’ it quoted bolt saying.
The news portal also said Bolt also indicated he had not ruled out improving his world 100m record of 9.58secs, set in winning his first world title in Berlin in 2009.
“If everything goes well this season, anything is possible; if I can get myself into good shape, it should be wonderful this season.
“I remember when I won in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics, people were saying Tyson Gay wasn’t there.
“So for me the World Championship the following year when I won, when everyone was there, that was good,’’ it quoted the Olympic champion.