Usain Bolt gives up on setting new world records: ‘It’s all beyond me now’
Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has said he does not expect to break anymore world records as his illustrious athletics career enters its final stages.
Bolt, 30, last month completed his Olympic career by securing a sweep of the sprint titles in Rio for a third successive Games.
It was at the first of those Games, at Beijing 2008, that Bolt stormed to his first pair of world records of 9.69 seconds in the 100m and 19.30 seconds in the 200m.
He would go on to break both records exactly 12 months later at the world championships in Berlin, clocking 9.58 seconds in the 100m and 19.19 seconds in the 200m.
However, with his sprint career winding down, Bolt does not believe he will be able to better those times as he prepares for his final world championships in London next summer.
“No (world records), it’s all beyond me now, right now it is just for me to go out there and leave with a big bang as much as possible,” Bolt said.
“I just want to go to the world championships, do my best as always and stay on a certain level and that’s the plan.”
Bolt said he expects to run just the 100m in London, but his coach Glen Mills is pushing for him to do the double.
“That’s the plan, but I still have to discuss it with my coach,” Bolt told Television Jamaica on Tuesday.
“He still wants me to do the double, but I’ve told him I would really like to just do the 100m, so at the start of the season we’ll decide exactly what (to focus on), but that’s what’s on my mind.”
Bolt has wild card entries for both the 100 and 200 metres at the August 5-13 world championships by virtue of winning both events at last year’s worlds in Beijing.
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Published: September 14, 2016 04:00 AM