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Bolt: I won't be one of those athletes ... when I hang up my spikes that's it

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 5:33 PM
Bolt: "I think it's one of the big years, now that it's [career] finishing, it's really a big deal so I am just trying to refocus and get my mind right and just go out there and just execute. To win is always the plan."

Shayne Fairman, Sports Writer

Ahead of his eagerly anticipated Cayman Invitational season-opener on May 14, six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has revealed that despite this being one of the most important seasons of his career, he is "under no pressure" but is instead looking to entertain his fans and remain unbeaten. This, in his view, will see him hanging up his illustrious spikes as "definitely the best athlete of the era".

"I am in good nick, training hard, my time trials are going well, my coach is happy, so everything is going well and I am just looking forward to my first meet in Cayman," said Bolt.

"I think it's one of the big years, now that it's [career] finishing, it's really a big deal so I am just trying to refocus and get my mind right and just go out there and just execute. To win is always the plan."

He was speaking in an interview Sunday night following a reception and auction ceremony hosted by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Racers stars, Bolt, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole autographed items including medals, memorabilia, kits and spikes being showcased, while some were silently auctioned.

Meanwhile, Bolt, said he was already looking forward to his club's Racers Grand Prix scheduled for the National Stadium on June 11.

"I haven't run in Jamaica for a couple of years now so for me I am looking forward to that so people should definitely come out and support."

Bolt continued: "I won't be one of those athletes, after you dominate over a couple of years and you decide at the last minute that you want to come back you start to lose. It doesn't look good so I won't be one of those athletes. When I hang up my spikes that is it," he told The Gleaner. "In this era for sure I am definitely the best," said Bolt. When asked how he compared to American great Carl Lewis, Bolt said: "Come on, man. Come on."