World record sprinter Usain Bolt seemed concerned about his age – all of 26 – this weekend in Barcelona when he picked up his award for IAAF world athlete of the year, so he says he’ll run as fast and as smooth as he can now, instead of waiting to break the world record on the Olympics stage in Rio.
He’s also decided to limit his races against compatriot Yohan Blake, who beat Bolt in the 100m and 200m races at the Jamaican nationals, but finished with silver in both at the Olympics.
“When we get two races a season it’s much more exciting for everyone to come and see us,” Bolt said at a press conference. “I don’t think we should run more than once or twice a year. I don’t think I should put my body through too much stress.”
Bolt’s also ruled out out running the 400m in 2013 to avoid injuries, though we’re hoping he can ignore that instinct for an exhibition race against Kenyan 800m gold medalist and friend David Rudisha.