The single most prolific sprinter in the history of the world is reportedly set to hang up his spikes for good. Luckily for us as fans, however, that won’t be until after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Following the Games, Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt has announced that he will be retiring from competition.
“I think it will be a good time to retire, on top and just been dominating for so long,” he said in Brussels on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “If I want to be among the greats of (Muhammad) Ali and Pele and all these guys I have to continue dominating until I retire.”
Dominate he has. Bolt is the first man to ever hold the world records in the 100-meter (9.58 seconds) and 200-meter (19.19) dash at the same time since standard timing procedures were put in place in 1977. He is the first to win six Olympic golds in sprinting, and the first to pull off the “double-double”: Golds in both the 100 and 200, and in consecutive Games (both 2008 and 2012).
In three years, Bolt will be 30 years old.