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Usain Bolt Expresses Interest in Returning to Athletics and Making A Bigger Impact
- Usain Bolt is planning on returning to track and field events if a role comes up
- Bolt is arguably the greatest-ever sprinter after dominating from 2008 to 2017
- The Jamaican feels the hype around short races has decreased since he retired
Athletics legend, Usain Bolt has admitted that he is hopeful of making a return to track and field events six years after retiring.
Bolt has expressed interest in playing a role other than being an active athlete to revive a sport that has somewhat undergone a decline since he called it quits.
There is no denying the Jamaican elevated sprints to greater levels.
By the time he was retiring in 2017, Bolt had won 8 Olympic gold medals and 11 world titles. He is also the world record holder in the 100-metres, 200-metres, and a part of the team that set the 4 by 100m relay record.
Bolt, World Athletics in talks
However, the 36-year-old feels that charisma and enthusiasm have been sucked out of the game - a part he believes he can revive with his active influence on the sidelines.
"It's going to be a process. After me, it kind of went down because of who I was as a person and how big my personality was. I'm still waiting on a position from World Athletics. I've reached out to them and let them know I would love to make a bigger impact in sports as long as they want me to. We've been in talks, but we'll have to wait and see what comes around," he said in an interview with Reuters.
Bolt also stated there is enormous talent in the current field.
Marcell Jacobs succeeded him as the Olympic Champion in 2020, with Fred Kerley currently holding the 100m world title.
"But I think over time. It will be better. I think young athletes are coming up and I see a few personalities that are needed in sport. Hopefully, in the upcoming years it will change. Hopefully, I can play a part and help the sport to grow."
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During his running days, Bolt brought excellence to the track but was also fond of shaking hands with the support staff and entertaining fans with his celebrations, before dropping insane times once the gun went off.
Bolt focused on his family
Since his retirement, he has focused on family time.
He has three children with his wife, Kasi Bennett: a daughter named Olympia Bolt, born in May 2020, and twins Thunder Bolt and Saint Leo, born in June 2021.
He also tried his hand at professional football.
Usain Bolt embraces Noah Lyles
Sports Brief also reported on Noah Lyles obliterating his competitors to set a new World Lead time this season in the 200-metres race at the Racers Grand Prix on June 3 in Kingston, Jamaica.
Lyles, whose top-end speed has often been devastating, featured in his second 200-metre event this season as he seeks to defend his title at the World Athletics Championships later this year.
Among the fans in Kingston was the legendary Usain Bolt, who stood up to embrace the World Champion. The sprint legend is the world record holder, having run 19.19 seconds way back in 2009.