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Usain Bolt says he’ll retire after 2016 Olympics in Rio

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Usain Bolt added yet another medal to his bulging trophy case, anchoring Jamaica’s gold-medal-winning 4×100 relay team on Saturday at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Afterwards, he reiterated his intention to retire following the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero.

“I spoke to Michael Johnson, who said he retired because there was nothing else left to accomplish,” Bolt, 27, told the Telegraph. “I’m happy to have achieved everything that I have, but when you don’t have anything left then you might as well retire. I would leave the sport to all the young kids coming through, because I hate losing.”

Bolt owns the world record in the 100 and 200 meters and was part of the Jamaican team that set the world record in the 4×100 relay team at the 2012 London Games. He won gold in all three of those events at the 2008 Games in Beijing and the 2012 Games in London, and will look to claim an unprecedented “triple-triple” in Rio.

The Telegraph reports that Bolt previously indicated that he would race through the 2017 world championships in London, though his most recent comments seem to dispel that notion.

Before Saturday’s race, Bolt kicked up a bit of controversy after the Times of London quoted him as saying he was “not really” having much fun in Glasgow and that he used a profanity to describe the Commonwealth Games so far. Bolt denied making the statements and took to Twitter to clear everything up.

Soon he was posing with fans and seemed to be having a swell time.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.



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