I will retire from athletics in 2017 – Bolt

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Usain Bolt has outlined his ambition to be remembered as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time when he retires from athletics in 2017.

The 28-year-old has claimed back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the 100m and 200m as well as the 4x100m relay team with Jamaica.

Bolt also holds the world records in both sprinting events with respective times of 9.58s in the 100m and 19.19s in the 200m, establishing himself as the dominant sprinter in the globe.

However, he is determined to secure further titles in the Games to ensure that he is remembered for the ages before he bows out after the World Championships in London in two years time.

“That would be great,” Bolt told the Daily Mail. “That would be awesome. That’s what I work for. Over the years I have said I want to become a legend. I want to be remembered as one of the greatest sportsmen ever.

“The initial plan [to sign off after Rio],” he added. “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.”

Bolt is expected to defend his World Championship titles in the 100m and 200m in Beijing later this year.

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