The Jamaican superstar is set to compete for the final time, at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the London Stadium which will be held between the 4 and 13 August this year.
Bolt announced his retirement in February 2015 and had planned to hang up his running shoes in 2016 after the Rio Olympics but didn’t.
“My sponsor asked me to go on for another year, to 2017 and London,” Bolt said in a statement about his decision to retire this year. “But I’ll be doing one event, the 100 [metres]. I’ve already discussed it with my coach. I can concentrate on that, and on retiring on a winning note.”
He’ll compete in the men’s 100 metres final on 5 August and run his last race in the men’s 4 x 100 metres final on 12 August.
On Tuesday, Bolt held a pre-championships press conference in London where he mentioned what he’d like to see in the papers after running his final race.
“‘Usain Bolt has retired unbeatable in individual events’ – for me, that will be the headline. Unbeatable, unstoppable,” he quipped.
When asked who he thought the next great sprinter would be, he said, “The last guy I said was going to be great disrespected me, so I’m not going to say who’s going to be great. I’m going to leave it to whoever shows up and is willing to fill my shoes.”
The athlete was then asked what he planned to do once he retired.
“I might go into acting and do some action movie. You never know,” he remarked.
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“One thing I’d like to do is travel around and try to inspire young kids and coaches. I’d like to inspire people as much a possible, to explain to them what I’ve been through in my career and try to help motivate them.”
Bolt also hopes that his records remain unbroken.
“No athlete would wish their world record to ever be broken in their lifetime. I don’t want to see them broken. I want to brag to my kids when they’re 15, 20, and say, ‘Look! You see – I’m still the best.'”