Bolt ready to retire despite coach’s pleas

Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt is adamant he will hang up his spikes in 2017 despite pleas from coach Glen Mills to continue.

The Jamaican sprinter has previously said the 2017 World Championships in London will be his final competitive meet, bringing down the curtain on a sensational career.

Bolt burst onto the scene at Beijing 2008 when he claimed three Olympic gold medals – and three world records – before retaining his sprint crowns in London four years later.

He will look to make it nine out of nine in Rio before announcing his retirement plans, but the 29-year-old is resolute he will not go on much longer.

“I keep talking about it [retirement], but my coach keeps saying I shouldn’t say I want to retire just yet, I should focus on the year and see how I feel, see how I feel after and if I still feel like I want to retire, I should,” he said.

“But he said to give it a chance. I think my coach is pushing for me to go a few more years, but we’ll see what happens.

“Personally, I don’t really want to continue for years and years because it’s getting harder. It’s really getting harder. I have to sacrifice more and more of your time. And I think it’s just so hard and it takes up so much of your time now.

“It’s not like when I was really young, if you get injuries, two weeks and I’m okay. Now it takes months to get back to where I need to be.

“So for me, I really think after the championships I will want to retire after London. But my coach has a way of persuading you and making you believe in yourself. So, we’ll see what happens.

“I want to be remembered as one of the greatest that have ever done the sport and that’s the legacy I want to leave, really.”

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