Usain Bolt has announced his retirement from athletics after a 14-year career in which he won numerous medals.
Bolt who at the just ended Rio Olympic Games 2016 won three gold medals for Men’s 100m, Men’s 200m and Men’s 4x100m officially broke the news about his retirement via his official website.
The 30 year old Jamaican sprinter who disclosed his intention of retiring before this year’s Olympic Games was expected to battle it out again at the next Olympic Games, but he has instead chosen to say goodbye.He said on his official website: ‘’It has taken me about a whole year to decide fully about me saying goodbye to athletics after an impressive 14 years. I’m sure this is the right time now!!’’
“I love Athletics and it is the reason why I am Usain Bolt today globally and if I am to be born again I would still love to be an athlete’’
“This decision I have made has come gradually, it has slowly matured in my head. I definitely thought it necessary to wait until the Rio Games is over and yes having made my country proud is time for me to pave way for others’’
Usain Bolt made his debut appearance in 2002 as a sprinter. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. He also holds the world record as a part of the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events.
‘’Athletics gave me a lot. It taught me many things, things of life. This is one of the most important lessons in my life. Thank you all for the support throughout all my years! God bless you!”