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ULONDON, Eng­land: SAIN BOLT described last night’s pre­miere of his I Am Bolt doc­u­men­tary as a spe­cial ac­com­plish­ment, and is hop­ing that the film, which is al­ready re­ceiv­ing pos­i­tive feed­back, will give an in­sight into the work be­hind his suc­cess.

The sprinter also used the oc­ca­sion to ex­plain his de­ci­sion to con­tinue his ca­reer into next sea­son’s World Cham­pi­onships, while not­ing that he will ap­proach the year with less bur­den on his shoul­ders.

Bolt, who also said that he is look­ing for­ward to a much more re­laxed sea­son in 2017, warned his ri­vals that this is not an in­vi­ta­tion for them to get too con­fi­dent as he looks for­ward to clos­ing the cur­tain on his ca­reer at next year’s World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don.

I Am Bolt, the all-ac­cess doc­u­men­tary, was fully in­tro­duced to the world at a star-stud­ded pre­miere at the Odeon Le­ices­ter Square cinemas in Lon­don’s West End, with some of Bri­tain and the world’s big­gest hit­ters in tele­vi­sion, mu­sic, and sports shar­ing the red car­pet with the nine-time Olympic cham­pion.


“I never knew I would ever do this, so it’s a great feel­ing to have ac­com­plished this feat also and to let peo­ple be in my life and get to un­der­stand who I am and to re­ally be in­spired by this movie be­cause that is what I want them to do,” Bolt told The Gleaner last night.

“When I watched the movie, it was so good, I could feel the emo­tions all over again,” Bolt added, while shar­ing his ap­proval of the work done by direc­tors and broth­ers Ben­jamin and Gabe Turner. “It’s like I was re­liv­ing my life again and that’s why I am so pleased about what they have done. They have cap­tured ev­ery­thing and I know when peo­ple watch this they will un­der­stand. I want peo­ple to see the strug­gles and the pain; just the stress and have more in­sight in my life.”

Bolt, who noted that he is look­ing to con­tinue serv­ing track and field in an­other ca­pac­ity once he re­tires next sum­mer, also notes that he will also com­mit more time to his char­ity work once that time comes.

The triple world-record holder is clearly al­ready in the de­par­ture lounge – one eye on clos­ing his ca­reer on top and the other on life with­out the obli­ga­tions of pro­fes­sional com­pe­ti­tion. It’s a topic, like many oth­ers, that he dis­cusses quite freely in his movie.

None­the­less, Bolt as­sured that there is no lack of ob­ses­sion where win­ning is con­cerned as he ex­plained his de­ci­sion to run for an­other year, de­spite his sum­mit at the Olympics.

“It’s mostly for the fans, but this year there is no pres­sure. I am much more re­laxed. My coach and I will dis­cuss it and we will change my train­ing regime so it won’t be as in­tense as usual. It’s mainly be­cause of my fans why I am com­ing back. There are a few peo­ple like some friends, and so forth, who have never re­ally seen me com­pete, so I am giv­ing peo­ple a chance to come see me com­pet­ing at my last cham­pi­onships, or maybe in Ja­maica when I run there for the last time and stuff like that. So it’s mainly for the fans,” Bolt said.

“I’ve al­ways said Lon­don is a good place to un­tie my shoes. I came (for) the Olympics and it was just mag­nif­i­cent, so I know the energy that they are go­ing to bring to the World Cham­pi­onships and I am look­ing for­ward to it. It’s a good place to re­tire, I don’t know if it was some­where else if I would go but it’s in Lon­don and that’s a good thing,” he added.

“I never want to lose even in a sim­ple board game, but even though I say I am just go­ing out there for my fans, I still want to go out there and do my best. I just won’t be un­der so much pres­sure, I have to win, but there is less stress and less pres­sure,” Bolt said. “I am al­ways go­ing to be pre­pared, no mat­ter how re­laxed I might be I am still a com­peti­tor and I still never want to lose so I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to train hard. We are just go­ing to find a less hard way to work and be more ef­fi­cient.”

Bolt, who started train­ing three weeks ago, is head­ing to Ger­many for his usual pre-sea­son as­sess­ment with Dr Han­sWil­helm Muller Wohlfahrt, and is due in Monaco later this week for the IAAF Ath­let­ics Awards, where he is one of three fi­nal­ists for the Male Ath­lete of the Year Award.

I Am Bolt is now avail­able for dig­i­tal down­load and can also be seen on Blu-ray and DVD.


Usain Bolt poses with dancers at the pre­miere of ‘I am Bolt’ at the Odeon Cin­ema, Le­ices­ter Square, Lon­don.


Ja­maica’s Usain Bolt

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