Sponsors Persuade Usain Bolt to Run Until 2017

Updated: 16 August 2014 15:10 IST

Usain Bolt revealed on Friday that he will put back his planned retirement until 2017 at the request of his sponsors.

Sponsors Persuade Usain Bolt to Run Until 2017
Jamaican Usain Bolt smiles during a press conference promoting the 'Mano a Mano' challenge, in Rio de Janeiro. © PTI

Rio de Janeiro:

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt revealed on Friday that he will put back his planned retirement until 2017 at the request of his sponsors.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist and 100m and 200m world record holder had intended to retire from the track after the 2016 Rio Olympics, but he told a news conference on Friday that he will compete for a further extra year.

"I think I'm going to do another year. My sponsors asked me to do one more year, so I will compete until 2017," said the 27-year-old Jamaican.

If he sticks to his plan then Bolt's last competition is likely to be the 2017 world championships in London.

Topics : Athletics
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