Jamaica's Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt will participate in his last Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica in June 2017 and will retire from competition two months later after the World Championships in London, which will be held between August 5 and 13, 2017.
Bolt says that he is definitely retiring from the sport after the London championships. He is expected to run in both the 100-meter and 200-meter events at the Worlds.
Considered to be the greatest sprinter in history, he is the first man to hold records in both 100-meter and 200-meter distances, as well as in the 4×100-meter relay.
Bolt took a sweep of Olympic sprint titles for the third consecutive time at the Games in Rio in 2016. He plans to resume his training schedule in November 2016 to prepare for his final competitions.
The Sprinter says he has achieved everything he dreamt of and has no reason to continue running.
The Jamaican sprinter was speaking on the red carpet at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.
“I've just done everything I wanted to do in the sport,” Bolt told Reuters.
“I asked (former U.S. sprinter) Michael Johnson the same question, 'why did you retire when you were on top?'. He said the same — he had done everything he had wanted to do in athletics so there was no reason to stay in the sport. Now I understand what he means.
“I just wanted to run and to be part of it. I had to take it easy because I wasn't at the level I would usually be. It was the first time I had competed at this time of the year.”
Bolt was recently stripped of his 2008 Olympics relay gold after a trace of banned substance was found in team mate Nesta Carter's re-tested sample, damaging his 'treble treble' record.