Usain Bolt has confirmed that this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be his last.
Bolt, 29, has long eyed the 2016 Games in Brazil as his final Olympic outing – hoping to sign off with another triple gold medal performance after winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in both Beijing and London.
However, his coach recently suggested the Jamaican could continue until the Tokyo Games in 2020, leading to speculation that the sprinter might go for an unprecedented fourth sprint crown in Japan.
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) March 18, 2016
But Bolt has now confirmed that, while his body might be willing, he will not have the motivation to attempt such a feat.
“It’ll definitely be my last Olympics,” Bolt said. “It’s going to be hard to go four more years for me, to keep the motivation that I want, especially if I accomplish what I want to in Rio.
“It’s going to be hard to keep the motivation to go on for four more years, so it’ll definitely be my last one.”
He added: “My biggest dream at the Olympics is to win three gold medals again. That’s my focus, that’s what I want. And that’s what I’m aiming for because that’s my goal and that’s my dream.”
— Olympics (@Olympics) March 21, 2016
Bolt could yet end his career following the Olympics, as some have speculated, or after the 2017 World Championships in London.
Before he ends his illustrious career, however, he is still hoping to shave some time off one of his world records.
“I’ve said the only big thing, big time I want to run is the 200 metres,” said Bolt, who holds the world record of 19.19sec.
“I’d love to try to go sub-19. That’s the only thing I would really, really want because that’s one of my goals.
“I’ve always talked about and always wanted it so for me, that’s something I look forward to.”
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