Six-time gold medalist Usain Bolt has announced that he will definitely race in the IAAF Diamond League's Anniversary Games at Queen Elizabeth Park in London on July 22 ahead of the Rio 2016, which will coincidentally be his last Olympic Games.
Bolt is the only man to win the 100m and 200m in back-to-back Olympics and has added the 4x100m relay golds to claim a unique ‘double-triple.’
The Jamaican sprinter took giant strides toward his goal of becoming a ‘triple-triple’ Olympic champion by beating Justin Gatlin in London last year and wants to reward his army of English fans before what will be his last Olympic games.
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The 29-year-old 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."
Sponsors want him to race at the 2017 world championships in London but that could ruin his reputation. Time catches up with everyone so maybe if he wins the ‘triple-triple’ he should
retire there and then. Going out at the top and quitting while ahead is very difficult for top sports starts to do, but reputation is everything.
"My biggest dream at the Olympics is to win three gold medals again," Bolt said. "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."
Bolt's main competitor in Rio will be Justin Gatlin. The 34-year-old American has his own massive fans and there will be younger sprinters ready to break through.
The Jamaican speedster has shrugged off the claims, saying: "these stories make me laugh" and is hoping to achieve his ‘triple-triple’ before time catches up with him.
And that will surely put a smile on everyone’s face.
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