Usain Bolt’s glorious Olympic journey ended this weekend with nine gold medals.
The final act came when the fastest man who ever lived anchored Jamaica to the 4×100 metres relay title on Friday to claim an unprecedented third successive sweep of all three Olympic sprint titles – the triple-triple.
Bolt, who turned 30 yesterday, has enthralled hundreds of thousands in stadiums in Beijing, London and Rio as well as billions around the world, bossing his sport and the Games like a colossus.
Ahead of Bolt is another year of competition leading up to the world championships in London, followed by retirement.
The Jamaican says: “I just have mixed feelings now. Relief. I’ve had all this pressure over the years… I will definitely miss the sport, miss the Olympics because it’s the biggest stage.
“Not going to miss these interviews. I’ve done like 500 since I’ve been here. But I’m definitely going to miss the crowd and the energy and just the competition.
“I love competing. So I’m going to miss all of that. But it’s been a great career, I’ve done all I can do. I’ve proven to the world I’m the greatest in the sport, so it’s mission accomplished pretty much.”
As for the future, Bolt said he was looking forward to getting “a lot of love” when he gets back to Jamaica and would then start thinking about his post-athletics life.
“I have to make a new bucket list now,” he said.
“I’ve accomplished what I wanted to in track and field. I just have to make new goals and a new bucket list but first I just want to go on vacation and relax.”
Meanwhile, Briton Mo Farah became only the second man to retain both track long-distance titles on Saturday with a dominant performance to add the 5000m gold to the 10000 he collected a week ago for the double-double.
The 33-year-old says: “I hate to lose, I have that drive, it’s just me. I can’t quite believe it. It has been a long journey but if you dream of something, have ambitions and are willing to work hard then you can get your dreams.”