Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt might be 26, but he’s not letting his age affect his mentality about his chances to win in the 2016 summer Olympics. In fact, the man widely regarded as the fastest man ever says in a series of new interviews that he plans to top dog in the sport for the next three years.
“I want to dominate sprinting until the Rio Games,” Bolt tells AFP. “To dominate the competition, remain the best despite all these young, ambitious sprinters appearing on the scene, all wanting to beat me. I remember asking [US track legend] Michael Johnson the year he retired from sport what he thought of his career. He explained to me his pride at having been able to dominate his sport all the way to the end. My objective is the same.”
There is one person who could potentially be a cause for concern for Bolt: Tyson Gay. The American sprinter has had an incredibly fast season, but Bolt says in an interview with The Los Angeles Times that he’s not focusing on any one competitor in particular.
“I never focus on one person,” he says. “It doesn’t make sense.”
Up next Bolt is racing in the IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris on July 6. The IAAF World Championships begin in Moscow on Aug. 10. The Rio summer Olympics will be held from Aug. 5-21, 2016.