Sponsors persuade Usain Bolt to run until 2017

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 16, 2014, 11:03 AM IST

Rio de Janeiro: Sprint superstar Usain Bolt revealed Friday that he will put back his planned retirement until 2017 at the request of his sponsors.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist and 100m and 200m world record holder had intended to retire from the track after the 2016 Rio Olympics, but he told a news conference Friday that he will compete for a further extra year.

"I think I`m going to do another year. My sponsors asked me to do one more year, so I will compete until 2017," said the 27-year-old Jamaican.

If he sticks to his plan then Bolt`s last competition is likely to be the 2017 world championships in London.