Recently retired Olympic record holder and Jamaican athlete, Usain Bolt has declared that it will take between 15-20 years for anyone to break his records.
Bolt is the only sprinter to win the 100 and 200m track titles at three consecutive Olympics. He would have completed the triple triple having won the 4 by 100m relay at three consecutive Olympics but for his Jamaican team mate who failed a drug test, which resulted in him and his team mates being stripped of one 4 by 100m gold medal.
The lightening Bolt, as he is popularly called, also holds the world record of 9.58s and 19.19s in the 100 and 200m events respectively.
Talking to Sport News TV at a promotional event in Japan on Tuesday, Bolt said, “I think [they’re] going to last a while.
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“I think our era with Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell and all these guys was the best era of athletes. If it was going to be broken, it would have been broken in this era, so I think I have at least 15 to 20 more years.”
According to Bolt, apart from the fact that he ran with the best set of athletes this is also because he currently can’t find an upcoming youngster who would be able to challenge his records.
He then watered down talks of him coming out of retirement to set the records straight after his loss in London.
“I have nothing to prove, that’s the main reason I left track and field. After you do everything you want there is no reason to stick around,” Bolt said.
On retirement he mentioned that he’s always wanted to play football and that his team is working on it. “I have my team working on it. The one thing I’ve always wanted to do is to play football and I tell them to really look into it and see if I can pursue that. So there are things we’re working on but we haven’t fully confirmed the direction we’re going,” he added.
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