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'Everything is going well' - Bolt says preparation on song for Rio Games

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 5:06 AMShayne Fairman
Racers Track Club star athletes Usain Bolt (left) and Warren Weir look at the phone while at a Reception and Silent Auction hosted by Jamaica National on behalf of their club at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday night.

As iconic Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt prepares to add to his six Olympic gold medals at the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 29-year-old reveals that this might be the most important year of his career.

Bolt said he is "under no pressure", but wants to entertain his fans, remain fit and compete hard.

The 100 and 200m world record holder says he is looking forward to putting on a show for his fans in his Cayman Invitational season-opener on May 14 in the Cayman Islands.

"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.

"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. And just to win is always the plan," continued Bolt.

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

The reception showcased items of Racers stars' Bolt, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole, including medals, memorabilia, kits and spikes, some of which were silently auctioned.

 

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Meanwhile, Bolt said he is not like any other athlete.

"I am different, I bring a different vibe. I am a performer, not just an athlete, but I am a performer. I bring and I entertain, so that's what makes me different," said Bolt.

He added that he is looking forward to running here in Jamaica at the 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."

He reiterated his intention to close out his illustrious career "definitely unbeaten".

"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.

Bolt stressed that he is the best of this era when asked how he compares with American great Carl Lewis.

"In this era, for sure," he said, then added with a laugh when pressed

further, "Come on, man! Come on!"