One of the greatest runners in history is getting closer to the finish line of his career.
Usain Bolt confirmed that the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will “definitely be my last,” he said in an interview with Agence France-Presse. “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.”
But that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down. Bolt heads to Brazil this summer with the goal of completing an almost unheard-of “triple triple,” or three gold medals in three Olympics. He’s already dominated the 100m and 200m at London and Beijing, and he’s favored to do so again. Compound that with the consistent success of Jamaica’s vaunted 4x100m relay team—who, with Bolt, also won golds at the past two Games—and he’s set for the greatest finale in sprinting, if not all of modern track and field.
Bolt has repeatedly said that his final professional run will be at the 2017 World Championships in London.
Until then? “My biggest dream at the Olympics is to win three gold medals again. 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 said.
His big target: The first ever sub-19-second finish in the 200 meters. (He set the current world record, 19.19 seconds, in Berlin in 2009.)
“I’ve always talked about and always wanted it so for me, that’s something I look forward to.”