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Bolt aims to dominate until Rio Olympics

ESPN staff
June 5, 2013
Usain Bolt plans to dominate sprinting for the next four years © Getty Images

Usain Bolt has said that everything he does between now and the 2016 Olympic Games is preparation for securing his Olympic legacy.

The six-time gold medallist admits the Rio de Janeiro Games may be his last and he wants to bow out by winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles for an unprecedented third time.

Speaking ahead of the opening of his European season at Thursday's Rome Golden Gala, Bolt intends to dominate athletics to Brazil and beyond.

"I'm looking forward to the next Olympics to do something that's never been done before," Bolt said. "That's one of my biggest goals right now.

"And for the next four years I will try to dominate the sport and show people that it's possible to go on being the best, year in, year out."

Bolt, still recovering from a hamstring strain earlier in the year, recorded a 100m time of 10.09 seconds at the Cayman Islands Invitational on May 9 - still faster than any Brit has managed this season, but pedestrian by Bolt's standard.

And one man who does not plan on allowing Bolt domination is Justin Gatlin, who finished third behind the Jamaican in the 100m in London. American Gatlin predicted earlier in the year that the battle for supremacy in the sport would be a "dogfight" this season - which culminates at the World Championships in Moscow in August.

But Gatlin made similar assertions ahead of the London Games, and Bolt remains typically nonchalant about such claims.

"Over the years I guess there are many things that a lot of people could say about Justin Gatlin," he added. "He's proved this season that he's really getting into great shape but I try never to worry about one athlete.

"My focus is always the championships, and one-off runs are never the biggest thing for me. I always go to a championship to prove myself.

"He's said a lot this season already, but for me it's normal because a lot of athletes always talk a lot. It's about when you show up and prove yourself to be the best at a championship. That's what matters."

"I ran against the best field last season at the Olympics and I beat all of them, but this season is a different season and I'll be treating it just like the Olympics because there's a World Championship that I'll be focusing on.

"I'm definitely looking forward to the challenge. I thrive on challenges. Everyone's going to bring their A-game to the championship and I'm looking forward to it because running against the best is always a joy, so that I can show the world I'm the best."

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