Bolt aims for triple triple at Rio Olympics

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS -

ZURICH, Switzer­land — What’s left for a man who has won three Olympic sprint ti­tles back-to­back? Win all three again, of course. Usain Bolt said Wed­nes­day he plans to de­fend his 100, 200 and 4x100 me­tre re­lay golds at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

“To ac­tu­ally go to Rio and win again would be a feat in it­self,” said Bolt, speak­ing ahead of the Weltk­lasse Di­a­mond League meet­ing in Zurich.

The Ja­maican will run in the 100 me­tres to­day af­ter a world cham­pi­onship sweep of the sprints in Moscow, where he talked of work­ing hard to at­tain “the great­ness thing.”

Most would say he’s achieved that al­ready.

He com­pleted the same triple at the Olympic Games in Bei­jing and Lon­don.

“For me, the key thing is just to go to de­fend my ti­tles, and that’s my fo­cus,” Bolt said. “It would be the first time any­body has ever won three times in a row.”

Bolt be­came the most dec­o­rated ath­lete in world cham­pi­onships his­tory this month, with his ca­reer tally of eight golds and two sil­vers lift­ing him above Amer­i­can great Carl Lewis.

Three more golds for Bolt in Rio would leave him trail­ing Lewis’ Olympic track and field record of nine golds and one sil­ver.

“I won’t be adding a fourth event in Rio, for sure,” said the 27-year-old Bolt.

His news con­fer­ence was held at FIFA head­quar­ters.

Bolt was greeted on ar­rival by FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter, and later ac­cepted a blue FIFA football shirt bear­ing his name and the No. 9.

Blat­ter joked that nine sec­onds was prob­a­bly the limit for Bolt, whose 100-me­tre world record set in 2009 stands at 9.58.

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