Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest human, confirmed that he plans to defend his titles in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Bolt said his plan for 2016 “is all about just going and defending my titles.”
He became the first man to win sprint gold medals in consecutive Olympics when he blaze to a time of 9.63 seconds to win the 100 meters dash finishing in the London Games, .12 seconds ahead of countryman and club mate Yohan Blake.
Bolt also took gold with a time of 19.32 seconds in the 200 meter dash. Additionally, he also Jamaica defend its gold medal in the 4×100-meter relay.
After the London Olympics there had been some speculation that Bolt would move up to the 400 meter run or the long jump in Rio. Not so.
“I don’t want to try any different events at Rio, because at Rio I will just defend my titles,” Bolt said. “The three-peat. That’s the focus – there’s not going to be any different event.”
Heading into the London Olympics there were some questioning if Bolt would be able to repeat because of the loss to Blake at the Jamaican trials. Bolt guaranteed to perform when the time came and he showed the world when in top shape he is the best.
Bolt is the world -record holder in the 100 and 200 meters, but wants to get even faster. He said he will begin to prepare for the world championships in Moscow later this month.
Bolt, who has declared himself a “living legend,” said “I continue to work hard, continue staying focused and pushing myself, so for me that’s the focus right now. I don’t know how fast I can go, but I definitely try to go faster each year. I enjoy being challenged all the time.”