Aug 17, 2013; Moscow, RUSSIA; Usain Bolt (right) and William Weir celebrate after finishing first and second in the 200m in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at Luzhniki Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Usain Bolt backtracks from retirement announcement


Usain Bolt announced earlier this month that he was retiring from running after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“So far, (it) is after the Olympics in Rio,” Bolt said of his retirement plans to the Associated Press’ Raf Casert, via the Calgary Herald. “I think if I am in great shape, I’ll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire, on top.”

Bolt continued, “If I want to be among the greats of (Muhammad) Ali and Pele and all these guys I have to continue dominating until I retire.”

Well, it appears as though Bolt got a little ahead of himself.

“I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring,” Bolt said according to the Associated Press today, via the LA Times’ David Wharton. “They think I should carry on, and so do my sponsors.”

The 6-time gold medalist went on to explain his new line of thinking, “I have discussed it with my coach, and he says it is possible,” Bolt said. “We will see what happens, but it’s in the cards that I will extend it by one more year.”

It has been a pleasure to watch the fastest man on Earth, so hey, why not another year of Bolt’s blazing speed in our lives?

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