Usain Bolt leaves open possibility of competing at 2020 Olympics
Double Olympic and world champion sprinter Usain Bolt has hinted at retiring after the 2017 world track and field championships, but in an interview with a Jamaican television station,he did not rule out the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
“We’ll see, because the coach says I can go on to even the next Olympics in 2020,” Bolt, who is Jamacian, said. “I’m not going to say what I’m going to do, but my coach said I should stop talking about retirement.”
Bolt will turn 30 at the 2016 Olympics closing ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro and would be 34 in Tokyo.
Bolt holds the world record in the 100-meter dash (9.59 seconds) and 200-meter dash (19.19). He has pulled off the treble at the last two Olympics and world championships with gold medals in the 100-meters, 200-meters and 4x100-meter relay.
In Rio de Janeiro, Bolt is looking to become the first man to win three gold medals in the 100-meter dash. He is currently tied with Carl Lewis at two medals in the event.
Bolt is the only man to win two gold medals in the 200-meter dash.
Despite a slow start to his 2015 campaign, Bolt ultimately reigned supreme over American Justin Gatlin and won the 100, 200 and 4x100-meter relay at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing last August.
With the Olympics a few months away, Bolt is reportedly tending to a sprained ankle, according to L'Equipe.
- Christopher Chavez