Usain Bolt backtracks on plan to retire after 2016 Rio Games

Usain Bolt won the 100, 200 and 4x100-meter relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and again at last year's London Games. He won the same three golds at the 2009 worlds before repeating that feat in Moscow last month.

updated: September 20, 2013 10:06 IST
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London: Quick as can be, Usain Bolt is backtracking on his retirement plans.

Less than three weeks ago, the Olympic champion said he planned to stop sprinting after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. But the Jamaican said on Thursday he was looking to extend his career by a year, meaning he could quit after the 2017 world championships in London.

"I am definitely reconsidering," the 27-year-old Bolt said while in London on a book promotion tour. "I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring.

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