Jamaican sprinter tweets his followers as he prepares to chase a unique Olympic Games 'triple-triple'
Usain Bolt has encouraged people to come and watch him make history for one last time at Rio 2016 with a message to four million of his followers on Twitter.
"I know the sport needs me to win and come out on top"
In an exclusive interview with Rio2016.com last year, Bolt, who holds the world records for the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay said: “The 200m (world record) is definitely on the ‘to-do list’ for me, so I’m really focused on getting that done. It’s the Olympics, it’s the biggest stage, so the opposition will be tough and it will be extremely exciting, and the possibility of a world record is always there.”
Rio will be Bolt’s last Olympic Games – he will turn 30 on the day of the closing ceremony – and the six-time Olympic champion has confirmed he will retire in 2017 after the world championships in London, where he will only run in the 100m.
If Bolt successfully defends his titles in this, his third consecutive Olympic Games, then his legacy will be assured and Rio de Janeiro will forever be cemented in athletics history. “That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited,” he said. “It’s going to be a big goal for me."