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USAIN BOLT: I WAS TEMPTED TO MAKE SURPRISE COMEBACK AT TOKYO OLYMPICS

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Farouq Oduola A.

Usain Bolt has admitted that he considered making a surprise comeback to athletics in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games before being persuaded out of it by his coach.

Bolt, eight-time Olympic gold medalist who retired in 2017, told the BBC that he was interested in returning to the track before the Games but has since ruled it out.

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“It’s too late.  I would have come back for these Olympics if I was going to come back,” Bolt remarked.

“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.’

“I recall approaching him in 2019 and asking, ‘How do you feel about returning for the Olympics?’ ‘Don’t even try,’ he replied, looking at me.

“If it’s not my coach, I’m not going to do it because I believe in him and if he says no, it’s no — but I have that itch.”

Bolt, 35, also stated that he believes female Jamaican sprinters Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce may beat Florence Griffith Joyner’s 1988 world records in the 100m and 200m.

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