In London, Jamaican world record sprinter Usain Bolt became the first man ever to win both the 100m and 200m races in the back-to-back Olympics. Now he’ll try to do it again in 2016, and try to prove that he’s really the “living legend” he already claims to be.
“I don’t want to try any different events at Rio,” said Bolt. “Because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again. To do the three-peat, that is the focus.”
Admittedly, we hoped rumors that Bolt was going to try the 400m and/or the long jump in Rio four years from now were true. We were excited to see what the fastest man (and arguably its greatest athlete) was capable of. Instead we’ll just have to see if he can do something no man has done before: win the 100m three straight times. Also, the 200m. No big deal.
He’ll have a tough time against world champ and Olympic silver medal countryman Yohan Blake, as well as up the young American Ryan Bailey and British junior world champ Adam Gemili.