6 September 2017
…World’s fastest man says it will take 20 years to break his records
By James Ojo
World’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, says it will take the world 15 to 20 years to break his record of 9.58 seconds in the 100 and 19.19 in the 200 which he achieved at the Berlin Olympics in 2009.
The Jamaican ace sprinter who bowed out of track after the World Championships in London was the world’s first sprinter to capture the 100 and 200-metre track titles at three consecutive Olympics and he believes the feat can stand the test of time.
“I think [they’re] going to last a while. I think our era with Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell and all these guys was the best era of athletes. If it was going to be broken, it would have been broken in this era, so I think I have at least 15 to 20 more years,” he said during a promotional event in Japan on Tuesday.
Asked what made him stand out during his time, he said “I think what made me stand out was not only the fast times that I ran but my personality that people really enjoyed and loved.
“If you want to be a star in sports and take over a sport, you have to let people know who you are as a person, not just as a track athlete.”
Bolt, who is an avid fan of Premier League club, Manchester United, also revealed his ambitions for the future after retiring from the track, saying he would love to play football soon.
“Something I’ve always wanted to do is play football. My team is working on that but we haven’t confirmed anything yet!” he said.