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Usain Bolt announces plans following emotional retirement from athletics

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It has been fairly hetic few weeks for 100m world record holder Usain Bolt.

The 30-year old's final ever race ended in injury heartbreak at the London Stadium, with the Jamaican having lost out in the 100m final to American Justin Gatlin just days earlier.

Bolt has also been pictured out partying continually to celebrate his retirement, including racking up a £7,000 bar tab at DSTRKT club in London last week.

Media coverage in recent weeks has been rife with suggestions and rumours of Bolt's career post-athletics, with half-serious gossip surrounding the possibility of crossing fields to begin a career as a professional footballer, with a brief circulation of reports of a trial at Nigel Clough's Burton Albion.

However, it now appears that aside the possibility of an appearance in a Manchester United legends match in early September, Bolt may be ready to put his sporting days behind him for good, and take up business in the culinary sector.

The sprinter has now announced his plans to open 15 branches of his Track and Records fast-food chain in the UK within the next five years.

Bolt currently owns two outlets in Jamaica, with the inaugural restaurant opening back in 2011 in Kingston.

The chain is known for its traditional Jerk Jamaican dishes and has proved immensely popular thus far in Bolt's homeland.

It was announced last week that the athlete's representatives along with Jamaican-based company FRANJAM, of whom Bolt is an associate, had struck a contract deal with UK firm Casual Restaurants Dining Group [CRDG] to bring Track and Records' signature dishes to the UK.

16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 - Day Ten

And Bolt appeared enthusiastic at the chance to share traditional Jamaican recipes.

"I'm happy to be able to share a taste of the Jamaica that I know and love with the rest of the world through the opening of these restaurants across the UK," he said.

"I want to thank Aly and CDRG for giving us the opportunity to share our vision and our culture with you all."

No exact timescale has been set for the opening of the first few establishments here in the UK, but fans of Bolt and traditional Jamaican cuisine can be assured that sooner rather than later, authentic jerk dishes, endorsed by one of history's greatest ever athletes, will be on offer.

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Justin Gatlin
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