Eight time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has bid goodbye to Athletics as the face of Athletics retires.
Usain Bolt who said he was “saying goodbye to everything” and “almost cried” brings a 15-year career to an end after the World Athletics Championships in London concluded yesterday.
Bolt, 30, who could only win a bronze medal in his final tournament said after completing a a lap of honour of London Stadium on Sunday’s closing night; “It’s really sad that I have to walk away now”.
He continued; “I was saying goodbye to the fans and saying goodbye to my events also”.
Bolt who indicated he will not consider returning from retirement said; “I’ve seen too many people retire and come back just to make it worse or to shame themselves”. “I won’t be one of those people”.
Usain Bolt who pulled muscle in the last relay race of the Jamaican was recently described by IAAF president Lord Coe as “a genius” likening him to boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
When asked if bowing out will erase what he has done, the 30 year old Jamaican said; “For me, I don’t think one championship is going to change what I’ve done”.
“I remember after losing the 100m, someone said to me, ‘Usain, no worries, Muhammad Ali lost his last fight also, so don’t be stressed about that'”, he added.
“I’ve proven myself year in, year out, throughout my whole career. I was saying goodbye to everything. I almost cried. It was close, but it didn’t come”, he concluded.