Bolt makes an appeal to fans
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has been encouraging the public especially Brazilians to come out and watch him make history for one last time at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In a message to his over four million Twitter followers, Bolt said “Five days until the start of T&F – get your tickets.”
The tweet also contained a video message from Bolt.
The Rio 2016 organisers have billed the Jamaican as a major attraction for the track and field events which get going on Friday.
Bolt has his sights on a ‘triple-triple’ as he attempts to win three more gold medals to add to the 100, 200 and 4×100 metres relay he won at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
In a recent interview, Bolt said that he is targeting a new world record in the 200m.
“The 200m (world record) is definitely on the ‘to-do list’ for me, so I’m really focused on getting that done,” he said.
“It’s the Olympics, it’s the biggest stage, so the opposition will be tough and it will be extremely exciting, and the possibility of a world record is always there.”
Rio will be Bolt’s last Olympic Games – he will turn 30 on the day of the closing ceremony – and the six-time Olympic champion has confirmed he will retire in 2017 after the world championships in London, where he will only run in the 100m.
The qualifying rounds of the men’s 100m begin on Saturday with the final scheduled for Sunday night.