Usain Bolt to retire in 2017

Usain Bolt

[] – Six-time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt has revealed he is set to retire in 2017 following the 2017 World Championships in London.

Bolt announced that he plans to retire after the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London.

Before now and then, though, the Jamaican sprinter has grand designs on securing his legacy by becoming one of the most successful sportsmen of all time at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, when the 28-year-old will be out to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay for the third Games running.

Bolt has admitted that he was thinking of hanging up his spikes after Rio, but will prolong his record-breaking career for another year.

“That was the initial plan [retiring after Rio],” Bolt told the Daily Mail. “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.”

A fear of failure keeps Bolt motivated as he wants to be remembered as a true great.

He conceded: “Motivation can be a bit tough. I’ve discussed it with my coach.

“We find different things to keep me motivated. But the thing that drives me is a desire to protect my legacy.

“It just takes one championship for people to start writing ‘well, he’s not that good now’. I have to protect my legacy and make sure that never happens.”