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In Rio to be the greatest! - Bolt

Published:Saturday | March 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe
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To some, he might already be the greatest athlete, but six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt says he won't feel comfortable tagging that title to himself until he delivers another triple-gold performance at the Olympic Games.

With the Rio Olympics just a matter of months away, Bolt, who added that he has been training well after recovering from an ankle bother, told The Gleaner that he has been pushing himself in an effort to ensure he's in the best condition to do something special and remove any doubts about his spot on the totem pole of sporting greats.

"This Olympics mean the world to me. This is the moment I personally can say I am the greatest athlete, so for me to go there and do well is also for some bragging rights for myself; for me to be comfortable in saying I am the greatest (athlete), to have accomplished what I have always wanted to accomplish, and that's to win three Olympic gold medals three times over," Bolt said.

"It's really hard, but I know what it takes to be a champion. I have to just push myself. This is my last Olympics, so I'm really focused. I really want it, so I'm just pushing myself, working hard, and hopefully, my coach will give me the go-ahead to compete soon," added Bolt, the fastest man ever over 100m and 200m.

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Bolt won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.

"I am looking forward to it and I am determined to do great things, so I am putting in the work," he added of his anticipation of competing in Rio.

"All I'll say is I'll go out there and do my best. This is what I do, so as always, you can look out for the best from Usain Bolt," said Bolt.

The sprinter turned down the chance to add to comments made by American athlete Alysia Montano, who called for her compatriots Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin, who have both failed drug tests, to be banned from competing at the Olympic Games in Rio.

"I don't try to get mixed up with these things. I don't make the rules, I can't make that call or these things, it will cause a different level of uproar when Usain Bolt speaks out to something like that. I don't like drama, so I will leave this up to the people who make the rules and have them decide what's best for the sport," said Bolt.

Bolt is expected to compete at the June 11 Racers Grand Prix meet in Kingston before making another appearance at the London Anniversary Games in July.