The last time Usain Bolt’s fans will see him in action on an Olympic track will be in Rio de Janeiro later in 2016.
The six-time Olympic gold medalist has confirmed to German news agency SID that the upcoming summer event in Brazil will be his last.
The Jamaican world record holder in the 100 and 200 metres will participate in the IAAF Diamond League meeting on July 22 at Queen Elizabeth Park in London.
“It’ll definitely be my last Olympics. It’s going to be hard to go four more years for me, to keep the motivation that I want, especially if I accomplish what I want to in Rio,” the 29-year-old Bolt is quoted as saying.
There had been speculation that the sprint king may have continued his racing career into the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
But Bolt, who took gold in the 100-metre and 200-metre races as well as the 4000-metre relay in the last two Olympics in Beijing and London, says he wants to add another three gold medals to his collection from Rio.
“My biggest dream at the Olympics is to win three gold medals again. That’s my focus, that’s what I want,” he told SID.
His other goal is to break the 19-second barrier in the 200-metres before retiring in the next four years.
The Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro begin on August 5 and finish on August 21.