Multiple world record-holder and six-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt will retire after the 2017 World Championships in London, the Jamaican told 18 Karat Reggae.
The 28-year old bolt had said previously that the 2016 Rio Olympics would be his last competition but his sponsorship team has convinced the runner to do an extra year, where he will focus solely on the 100 meter dash.
“That was the initial plan, to retire after Rio,” he told 18 Karat Reggae. “But my sponsor has asked me to go on for another year, to 2017 and London. But 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.”
This retirement announcement will be great news for Jamaicans worldwide as they will get to see their hero run for an extra year than originally thought.
“If everything goes well this season, in my life anything is possible. If I can get myself in good shape, it should be wonderful this season,” he added. “I live for competition. I thrive on competition. I live to compete against the best. It means a lot when you beat the best.”