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ATHLETICS: Bolt says he will retire after 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2013 | 12:36 PM

Jamaica’s global sprint legend Usain Bolt won’t sprint again after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



The six-time Olympic champion and World Record holder says the games in Brazil will be his last as a sprinter.



However, the fastest man in the world hasn’t rule out trying other events.

The 27-year-old Bolt, who is world record holder in both the 100- and 200-metres, along with sharing the 4x100 relay mark with his Jamaican teammates, told a news conference today in Brussels he wants to add to his tally of six Olympic gold medals before retiring.



Bolt, who was speaking before the Diamond League Meet on Friday, won three gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4x100-meter relay at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and last year’s London Games.



He pulled off the same triple at the world championships in Berlin in 2009 and repeated the feat last month in Moscow.



Bolt set the 100-metre mark of 9.58 seconds and the 200-metre standard of 19.19 in Berlin.



While the 100 record will be tough to break, he said he can challenge the 200 mark.



Bolt will run the 100 metres in Brussels on Friday in a field which includes American Justin Gatlin and fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter, who finished second and third at last month’s world championships.



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