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Usain Bolt: I’ll retire after 2016 Olympics

Kevin Kaduk
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Usain Bolt has put the world on warning.

It has another three years to appreciate his brilliance on the track. The 27-year-old Jamaican sprinter said on Wednesday that he plans to retire after the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.

From the Associated Press:

Bolt says he wants to win gold in Rio, set another world record in the 200 meters next year, and perhaps win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Bolt says "I think it will be a good time to retire, on top and just been dominating for so long."

After winning another three golds at the world championships in Moscow, Bolt will run his final race this season in the 100 at Friday's Van Damme Memorial.

Bolt says "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."

It can be argued that Bolt was already in that circle of greats after winning both the 100 meters and 200 meters in back-to-back Summer Games. (Throw in Jamaica's two 4 x 100 relay wins those years and Bolt has six gold medals to his name.)

If he dominates in Rio, though, there will be no arguing that claim.

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