Usain Bolt isn't planning on changing his event schedule for the next Olympic Games, he said.
Since the 2012 Olympic Games, there has been a lot of discussion about which events the Jamaican will tackle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Some of that discussion has even come from Bolt himself, who has said he and his coach Glenn Mills disagreed about which events Bolt should contest. The athlete would rather compete in the long jump, he's said, while his coach would prefer that he contest the 400-meters.
On Oct. 8, though, Bolt said he would simply run his tried-and-true sprint events at the 2016 Olympic Games.
"I don't want to try any different events at Rio, because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again," Bolt said at a news conference in Aukland, New Zealand. "… The three-peat. That's the focus -- there's not going to be any different event."
At the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, Bolt won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter sprint events, and at both Olympic Games he was a member of the Jamaican teams that won the 4x100-meter relay. In total, Bolt has amassed six Olympic gold medals during the course of two Olympic Games. Bolt also is the world record holder in each of the events sprint events.
Heading into the 2012 Olympic Games, Bolt said that he hoped his performance in the sprint events would help cement him as a legend among the track and field world. Many believe that the 26-year-old accomplished that feat with with his convincing wins in London, where he became the first man to win back-to-back Olympic titles in both individual sprint events. Should he win again in Rio de Janeiro, Bolt -- who already is among the most famous Olympic athletes in the world -- would reach a new status as a member of track and field royalty.
The three-peat Bolt hopes for in Rio de Janeiro won't be easy, though. By the time the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games roll around, Bolt will be 29 years old (the Games will close on his 30th birthday).
Countryman Yohan Blake, who happens to be Bolt's training partner, is already nipping at the heels of the track and field king, and he's made it clear that his priority is to become the best in the world as soon as possible. Can Bolt hold off Blake for four more years? Can Bolt come out in Rio de Janeiro and turn his back-to-back wins into three-peats?
Only time will tell, but Bolt seems to be sure he can make it happen.
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Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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