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Usain Bolt details retirement plan for 2017

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt of Jamaica wears a tartan hat as he walks round Hampden Park Stadium after he competed in the men’s 4x100 meter relay race during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/ Scott Heppell)


Usain Bolt wants to end his career with one individual race at the 2017 World Championships.

“I’ll be doing one event, the 100,” Bolt said, according to the Daily Mail, echoing comments he made to Sport magazine last year. “I’ve already discussed it with my coach. I can concentrate on that, and on retiring on a winning note.”

Bolt and his agent have been saying since 2012 that the six-time Olympic champion would retire after the 2017 World Championships in London.

But what if Bolt loses his race at the 2017 World Championships? Could he retire on a losing note?

“I don’t think I could,” Bolt said while in New York on Tuesday. “On my last race, my last championship, I don’t think I could.”

Bolt was expected to open his 2015 season with a 400m race on Saturday, but the Jamaica Gleaner reported that is now not expected to happen.

Bolt underwent foot surgery in March 2014 and ran a total of 400 meters in competition last season, which was dominated by U.S. rival Justin Gatlin. Though Bolt and Gatlin did not go head-to-head last year.

Bolt’s goals this year are set on the World Championships in August in Beijing, site of the first of what he hopes are three straight triple gold Olympic performances.

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