Olympics 2012: ‘Living legend’ Bolt may take up long jump to ‘stay motivated’

Updated: Aug 11, 2012, 14:40 PM IST

London: The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has admitted that he might try his hand at the long jump event.

Bolt insisted he had no intention of retiring after becoming the first man to win the sprint double in successive Olympic Games, and said he would need to find a new goal to remain motivated.

He said: “No, no, no, I`m not ready to retire yet,`` he added. ``I love this sport; I have got all my success through this sport, all my fans through this sport, so I`ll always continue to run.

“I think when I get to 30 I`ve got to be thinking about retirement because track and field is way too hard. Its rough day in and day out.”

American Mike Powell said last year that Bolt should wait until after London 2012 before giving the long jump a go, and believes the world record holder over 100 and 200m could add the long jump mark to his collection, The Daily Mail reports.

“That`s something I`ve always wanted to try,” Bolt said of the long jump, adding: “I made a goal, to become a legend, so I need to sit down and find something that`s going to really motivate me to go out there and do great things.

“I don`t know what I really want to do after this, if I`m going to still run the 100 or the 200 or I want to try something else. I don`t know so I`ll see.

“All I have to do now is go home and rest, I have got the 4x100m coming up and then on Saturday I will party like it`s my birthday.”

He also claimed he would find it hard to defend his titles once more at Rio 2016 with the compatriots he led home in last night’s 200m final - Yohan Blake and Warren Weir - both only 22.

ANI