Athletics

Usain Bolt throws down the gauntlet to Yohan Blake – “I want to defend my titles in Rio 2016”

60 days after successfully defending his 200m Olympic title in London, Usain Bolt declared today that he would not change discipline and will defend his 100m and 200m titles at the Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

Many thought that Bolt may turn to the 400m or even long-jump but the Jamaican superstar said “To do the three [sprints], that is the focus. I don’t want to try any different events at Rio”.

Bolt will be almost 30 years-old by the time of the Rio Games and should he win the 100m alone, he would be the eldest to do so since Linford Christie in 1992. Also, by then, his greatest rival and current training partner Yohan Blake will be 26 and arguably at the peak of his powers.

The legendary sprint king’s decision is a welcome one. With the Beast developing further, plus America’s next best sprinter only ever being just around the corner, next year’s world athletics championships in Moscow will be eagerly anticipated.

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