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Posted on 25 Dec 2016, by Lily Atherton

Nine time Olympic Champion and current world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, has told Sky Sports News that his final competitive race will be in London next summer at the IAAF World Championships. Bolt revealed he sought advice from one of the all-time greats, Michael Johnson, before making the decision to end his illustrious career on the track in 2017.

Bolt told Sky: "The older you get the more you have to sacrifice, the more disciplined you have to be and personally I don't think I have that discipline. I know when it's time to quit."

"I asked Michael Johnson 'why did you retire when you were on top? You were dominating, no one was beating you'. He goes 'I done everything I need to do in the sport'. Bolt went on to tell Sky at his home track in Kingston.

Before hanging up his boots, Bolt is hoping to add to his incredible 11 World Championship golds at the London Stadium, where he retained his Olympic 100m title in peerless fashion at London 2012. Since then Bolt has continued to make history having recently achieved the "triple-triple" gold in Rio this summer. Having set world records of 9.58 and 19.19 at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Bolt now hopes to confirm his name in the history books as one of the all-time greats this summer. 

Fans will have the opportunity to get insight into Bolt's intense regime when "I Am Bolt" is released at the end of the month. This behind-the-scenes documentary was filmed in the build- up to Rio 2016, set for UK released on 28th November.

"When I retire I want people to talk about me, the drive, the dedication, I want them to talk about me. I want them to put films on about me so this is why I'm making a film about my life."

The IAAF World Championships 2017 will be Usain Bolt's swan song event. Watch official ambassador for the hospitality programme, Jonathan Edwards, talk about witnessing such a historic occasion. 

IAAF World Championships exclusive hospitality packages are now SOLD OUT across all 13 sessions.

We look forward to welcoming our guests across the 10 days of unmissable athletics action, at this summers biggest global sporting event in London. 


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