Usain Bolt, an eight-time Olympic winner, says it’s “too late” to make a comeback, but admits he’s “had that urge” for a big comeback.
The 35-year-old Jamaican retired from track & field in 2017. He claims he was enticed by the prospect of returning for the Tokyo Olympics, but his coach convinced him otherwise.
It’s past the point of no return. If I was going to return, it would have been for the Olympics this year, “he stated.
When I informed my coach that I was retiring, he sat me down and told me, “When you retire, that’s it.” There will be no comeback tours for me. As a result, be sure you’re prepared to retire.’
“In 2019, I approached him and asked, “What do you think about coming back for the Olympics?” “Don’t even begin,” he replied, looking at me.
Bolt also believes that the rivalry between female Jamaican sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah might lead to one of them breaking American Florence Griffith Joyner’s 1988 world records in the 100m and 200m.
Thompson-Herah successfully defended her 100m and 200m Olympic titles in Tokyo, and in Eugene last month, she lowered her 100m personal best to 10.54 seconds, just 0.05 seconds slower than Griffith Joyner’s 10.49.
“I thought, ‘this may actually happen’ when I saw the girls really stepping up and sprinting fast,” Bolt remarked.
Bolt is a passionate Manchester United fan outside of athletics, and he, like other Red Devils fans, is looking forward to Cristiano Ronaldo’s first appearance since his stunning comeback from Juventus.
“Seeing him back is a huge deal,” he remarked. “Cristiano has high expectations, and he will have high expectations of these players, which will only improve them.” He’s on another plane; he’s a machine.