Usain Bolt Ends Olympic Career With One More Gold

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 19/08/2016. Usain Bolt (JAM) of Jamaica races toward the finish line to win the gold. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt recently announced that the 2016 games will be his last Olympic run (or sprint, rather) during a press conference in Rio.

“I think this is the last one for sure—I’ve done enough. And I’ve proven myself over and over again,” Bolt shared.

The runner has a total of 17 gold medals under his belt thus far—winning six overall at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games, and 11 at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships, reports.

“I’m going to win the 100m,” Bolt shared with CNN. “I never try to predict times, I avoid that because you never know. I’ll win all three gold [medals], there’s never anything else for me when it comes to a championship.”

“I think I can definitely break the 200m world record and I definitely want to,” he added.

“I said I wanted to go under 19 seconds and I don’t know if that will be possible but nothing tried, nothing done, so I will go out there and push myself.”

But despite calling it quits on future Olympic games, Bolt still plans on competing in the 2017 World Championships in London, according to Sports Illustrated.

Usain Bolt won his third gold medal of the Rio Olympics on Friday night, coming in first with his Jamaican teammates in the 4×100-meter relay.

The Jamaican sprinters finished the single lap with a time of 37.27 seconds, beating out Japan, which took silver with 37.60 seconds. Canada took bronze with 37.64 seconds, after the U.S. was disqualified due to a late baton exchange. The American team filed an appeal over the decision.

The sprint, which was the final track event of the night, was a tight race until Bolt took the handoff from teammate Nickel Ashmeade. Bolt, described by some as “the fastest man in the world” separated himself from the pack of other runners striving toward the finish line.


For Bolt, it was the ninth gold medal of his Olympic career. The legendary runner, who has announced that he will retire from the sport next year, completed his third Olympics having never lost a final in three different track events.

Bolt won the individual 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and the 4×100-meter relay at the games in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012 before attaining perfect results this summer.

The win elevated Bolt’s place in Olympic history. He joined American Carl Lewis and Finland’s Paavo Nurmi as the only track-and-field athletes with nine gold medals, according to The Washington Post.

After the race, Bolt thanked his fans on Twitter.

Running with Bolt were Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade. As usual, Bolt anchored the team, running the final leg after the baton handoff.

The Jamaicans failed to break the world record set by Bolt and a different set of teammates at the 2012 games when they ran in 36.84 seconds.


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