Usain Bolt has a few things he wants to do before he is done. Among the many things, he wants to break his own 200-meter world record and do it by running under 19 seconds.
He set the record of 19.19 seconds six years ago, and also set the 100 record of 9.58 in the same year.
”That’s one of my biggest goals,” Bold said Friday in Rio, which will host South America’s first Olympics next year. ”It’s actually to run under 19 seconds. I think this season it will be hard to do, but the key thing is trying to stay injury free so I can go into the Olympic season in the best shape that I can be.”
The six-time Olympic gold-medal speedy athlete is in Rio to run an exhibition race over the weekend. He was asked to rate himself by the media and Bolt delivered.
Bolt repeated several times that Rio will be his last Olympics, but not the last time he runs. He said he’ll retire after the 2017 World Championships in London.
”After the Olympics I’ll go on for one more season,” he said. ”My sponsors asked me if I could continue. I’ll do one more season, and then I’ll hopefully hang my spikes up.”
On Aug. 21, 2016 Bolt turns 30 years old, the same day the Olympics close.
Forbes reported Bolt earned $23.2 million last year, almost all from commercials, deals and sponsorships. Right now, he is in the number 45 spot on Forbes’ list of the highest earning athletes.
Bolt dominated and won three golds in Beijing in 2008, and added three more to his collection in London 2012. This will be third exhibition race in Rio, which he said is a good thing to do because he gets to know the place and meet the people who live there.
”It makes it easier to transition into the Olympics next year, which I’m really getting exciting about,” Bolt said. ”I’m just happy that I get to come here and be a part of this so early, so I’ll be much more comfortable when the Olympics come around.”
The games will start on August 5, 2016 and the closing ceremony will be 16 days later on August 21, 2016. Rio de Janeiro won the bid with 66 votes. The other city looking to win was Madrid, Spain.
There will be 35 competition venues and this will be the first South American nation to host the summer Olympic Games.
As we all know, the games will feature many sports. There will be a total of 28 sports and a total of 41 disciplines and 306 events. You can see the events right here:
Diving, swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, slalom, sprint, cycling, BMX, mountain biking, road, track, dressage, eventing, jumping, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, artistic, rhythmic, trampoline, handball, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby sevens, sailing, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, beach volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.