Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, astounded a global audience when he once again won gold in both the 100m and 200m races in the 2012 London Olympics. With a tremendous fan-base, it is no surprise that the masses are anxiously awaiting his next move.
On Facebook alone, 8,134,358 like his page and 991,457 people are talking about him as of the publication of this article.
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Speaking of his prospects in the Rio 2016 Olympics, Bolt betrayed his typically unshakable confidence by expressing doubts about his ability to repeat his results once again, suggesting that he has reached his physical peak.
Bolt stated, "I think that the possibility is there but it's going to be very hard to do that because these young guys are coming up."
26 year-old Bolt will be 30 by the time Rio 2016 rolls around. He specifically singles out Yohan Blake as an upcoming contender, admitting that "[Blake] is going to be 26 [at the Rio 2016 Olympics] and he's going to be in great shape so it's going to be really hard to do that."
Having mastered the 100m and 200m races, questions have been raised about Bolt's interest in switching towards the 400s. Bolt confirmed that he's "leaning toward the 400", but "need[s] to talk to [his] coach."
Next up for Bolt is the Athletissima event in Lausanne, Switzerland on August 23rd. Following Lausanne, Bolt is set to race in Brussels on September 7th for the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme 2012.
In terms of Bolt's prospects of returning to London, the UK has suspended the UK Athlete tax for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in order to attract top athletes such as Usain. Usain has been an outspoken opponent of the UK Athlete tax, which requires a 50% cut of worldwide sponsorship funds.
Bolt has recently refused to return to the UK unless reform has been made, stating "As soon as the law changes I'll be here all the time. I love being here. I have so many Jamaican fans here and it's wonderful."
While we have yet to see if the world witnessed the world's fastest man's peak in the 2012 London Olympics, Bolt's fans certainly have a number of events to look forward to.
Reflecting on his success, Bolt expressed, "I did what I came here to do so I am happy with myself."
Usain Bolt Olympics 2012 Video Highlights (NBC Olympics)
4x100m - Jamaican Men Advance to 4x100m Final
4x100m - Usain Bolt in 4x100m Final