World Record Holder Usain Bolt sporting Team Jamaica kit by Puma for Rio 2016 Olympics.
Long-time coach Glenn Mills has offered the comforting reassurance Bolt still craves. “My coach always tells me that the older you get, it’s going to get harder, and you have to push yourself.”
“My coach always says ‘Usain you can always go on to the 2020 Olympics if you want,'” Bolt said. “So this is why he tells me to stop talking about retirement and just take it a year at a time.”
When Bolt eventually hangs up his running shoes, there is no doubt that the power of athletics to attract huge worldwide audiences will be more difficult without its global superstar.
“People always say to me, ‘Usain when you leave the sport, the sport is going to go down.
“But I’m not going to look at it like that. There are a lot of athletes stepping up.”
Photos by Tom Oldham for Puma
Excerpts from www.rio2016.com