Monday, September 5, 2016
Sprint legend Usain Bolt plans to remain in Athletics after his retirement from the sport next year. The Jamaican superstar has not given any specifics for his future role in the sport however. Bolt became the first man to record wins in the men’s 100 and 200 m as well as the men’s 4 x 100 m relay at three consecutive Olympics after he recorded victories in all three events at the Rio Olympics in Brazil last month. It was the sprinters’s last appearance at the Olympics and he made it an unforgettable event. He did not achieve his goal of setting a record for the 200 m. “I came off the curve well but my legs just did not go fast enough,” he told reporters after winning the event in 19.78 secs. He clocked 9.81 sec. to win the 100 m and anchored his country’s relay team in winning gold in 37. 27 secs. It marked a remarkable achievement and cemented Bolt’s legacy as the greatest sprinter.He has said he will retire from the sport after the World Games in London next summer.
Other Jamaicans who performed well at the games were Elaine Thompson who captured the Women’s 100 and 200 M Gold medals as well as silver in the Women’s 1x 100 M relay, and Omar McLeod who triumphed in the Men’s 110 M hurdle. His gold medal victory was the first by a Jamaican in this event at any Olympic games.