US legend Michael Johnson advised Bolt to skip London Olympics

first_imgUNITED STATES quarter mile legend Michael Johnson has revealed that he advised recently retired sprint star Usain Bolt to end his career after the high of the 2016 Rio Olympics.The 31-year-old double world record holder did eventually call time on his career following this summer’s London World Championships, but things did not go to plan for the sprinter’s swansong.In the final individual race of his career, an out of sorts looking Bolt had to settle for bronze behind longtime American rival Justin Gatlin and rising star Christian Coleman. There was also a disaster in the final race itself, a 4x100m relay, which saw the runner pull up midway down the final stretch on the anchor leg for Jamaica after sustaining a hamstring tear.“I spoke to Usain and advised him to stop after Rio,” Johnson said while speaking on Indian television show ‘Royal Stag Barrel Select Perfect Strokes’. He went on to imply that Bolt’s ability to hit peak stride likely came down to a matter of motivation.“I think after winning double gold medals (100m and 200m) in three editions of Olympics and also winning World Championship, I don’t think you have a lot of motivation left. It is very difficult to win double gold medal in successive editions of Olympics and that too thrice.”(Sportsmax)last_img

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