Double world record holder Usain Bolt told the world Tuesday that he wants to continue dominating sprinting until the Brazil 2016 Olympics.
"I think I've accomplished all my dreams, but I do have goals. I have pretty much four more years in the sport," he told journalists in Rome. "So now it's all about dominating for those years. I'm looking forward to the next Olympics to doing something that's never been done before."
Bolt is in the Italian city to compete in the 100m dash today at the 33rd edition of the Golden Gala. Down to face him are London Olympic bronze medallist Justin Gatlin and his American teammate Michael Rodgers, both of whom have gone under 10 seconds this year while Bolt has not. Kim Collins, the 2003 World champion from St. Kitts and Nevis, is also in the line-up.
This is the third consecutive year Bolt will be competing in the event on that Olympic stadium track. He won both races, clocking 9.76seconds at last year’s meet.
When asked if he regretted posting on Twitter a picture with a t-shirt some anti-drug organizations believe promoted the use of cannabis, Bolt dismissed the issue as the media trying to “pick something out of nothing” to get headlines, explaining that a friend with a clothing line had used the picture in question.
“Everybody names their clothing line off catchy things,” he said. “It was nothing; it was just a name. I am not going to be stressed over that because I know who I am, and I know who I represent over the years. I’ve moved past that already.”