“It Didn’t End on the Greatest Note”- Usain Bolt on a Potential Return Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/09/2021, 3:24 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 18: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


It’s been four years since legendary sprinter Usain Bolt retired. He won the bronze at the 2017 World Championships and his retirement came in early after he injured his hamstring in his last race. Now the eight-time Olympic gold medallist reveals that he was close to returning from retirement before Tokyo Olympics 2021.

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Gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica stands on the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

In a recent interview, Bolt revealed that he had thoughts about a potential return to racing. Just a few years after retirement, Bolt even consulted his coach multiple times for a possible comeback.

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“It was something I thought about in the first and second year after I retired. I even went to my coach. But he was like, ‘It’s going to be harder than before – coming back is not going to be a cakewalk,’” Bolt said.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica points to the sky before winning the Men’s 100 meter final at Rio Olympics. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Usain Bolt has no regrets over his legendary career

It is not that Bolt regrets ending his career soon. He won everything that he could have and was retiring on his terms. However, the manner in which his retirement came was unfortunate. Obviously, at the 2017 World Championships, Bolt was the favorite for 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. However, a hamstring injury saw him winning just a bronze in 100m, and nothing more.

“When I look back I have no regrets. I did extremely well in my career. True, it didn’t end on the greatest note but the legacy I left is wonderful.”

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The fastest man alive was limping on the track as he ran the final leg of the 4x100m relay race at the 2017 World Championships. That is probably not how Bolt or even his fans envisioned him to leave the sport. Hence, to just have a proper farewell is what Bolt hoped for.

Nevertheless, Bolt will run again for his sponsor, CarMax. But this time he will run 800m. Bolt has never run 800m professionally but he said his best is around 2:05 minutes and he can probably get it done around two minutes. The race will be streamed on Bolt’s Facebook page on 13th July and for the race, Bolt is training diligently.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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