“I could win 50 races, but the last one defines your legacy,” Usain Bolt told the press about the last chapter of his career which will end with the 2017 world championships.
Usain Bolt’s last season was plagued with injuries. The “World’s Fastest Man” who dominated the 100 and 200 meter races as well as relay races has been knocked out of the top spot by sprinter Justin Gatlin. However, Usain Bolt is not yet done. The sprinter is determined to leave a legacy worthy of the world’s sports greats. And while Usain Bolt plans on retiring come 2017, he aims to take back the number one spot and go out with a bang.
“I felt like I’d retired, the way people were talking about Justin Gatlin,” Usain Bolt told the press during the launch of Puma’s Ignite line of running shoes. “I found it to be funny. Like wow, I’m one season out and it’s like I retired.”
Bolt asserts that he is ready for the upcoming season and hopes to earn a triple-triple – three medals in the last three Olympics – come the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Usain Bolt, who practically exudes confidence, remarked that Justin Gatlin was just keeping the seat warm for him.
“Justin Gatlin did well, he kept the sport exciting,” the Jamaican said. “He kept people wanting to see us compete. For me it’s OK, and I’m always looking forward to competition.”
“My training has been great. My coach has really been pushing me this season,” Usain Bolt told reporters. “Last season wasn’t so great, so now I have to step up the energy and really work hard. I’m happy with my progress and my coach is happy with my progress.”
During the press conference, Usain Bolt revealed that one part of his big plans before his retirement is to break his record of 19.19 seconds in the 200 meter race.
“One of my biggest goals is to go sub-19. That’s one thing I want to accomplish before I retire so I’m pushing myself. I’m working hard and we’ll see what happens.”
“Just adding to my accolades,” Bolt said of his game plan. “That’s the key thing. You can only keep making yourself greater by adding great moments.” Usain Bolt added, “When you’ve done great things, then people say he’s one of the greatest. All you can do is add to your greatness until it’s time to leave the sport.”
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