Bolt to retire after london 2017×263.jpg. Usain Bolt has confirmed that his final race will be in
London at the 2017 World Athletics Championships.
The Jamaican sprinter – who has won six Olympic gold
medals, eight World Championship titles and is the current
world record holder in the 100m and 200m – had initially
been expected to retire after the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
But he has told the Daily Mail that his plans have been
changed so his swansong from the sport will be in London,
where he won three Olympic gold medals in 2012.
He said, “That was the initial plan (to sign off after Rio). But
my sponsor has asked me to go on for another year; to 2017
and London.
“But I’ll be doing one event, the 100. I’ve already discussed it
with my coach. I can concentrate on that, and on retiring on
a winning note.”
Bolt’s next major target is the 2015 World Championships in
Beijing, in August.
He also wants to be remembered as one of the greatest
athletes the world has seen.
He also lists Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Michael
Johnson as his personal top three in sports.
But victory in Rio next year, to become the first man to win
three consecutive 100m titles — and a possible treble in the
200m and sprint relay — could elevate him to a status
alongside Ali.


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