Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt said on Wednesday that he plans to end his record-breaking career after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
The Guardian reported that the fastest man in history in both 100m and 200m, said at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, in the buildup to Friday's Diamond League meeting, that he is determined to keep performing at the highest level for another three years.
"So far, (it) is after the Olympics in Rio," Bolt said when asked about his retirement plans. "I think if I am in great shape, I'll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire on top."
The 27-year-old has long considered the Rio de Janeiro Games the likely stop point in his track career.
"My aim is to go to two more Olympics." he said in July 2010. "I probably will retire in Brazil, 2016. I will probably stop then."
In September 2010, the Jamaican told British media he wanted to emulate Michael Johnson's decision to retire near the peak of his career. The American great retired in 2000 after winning back-to-back Olympic 400-meter titles.
"I asked [Johnson] why he retired, and he said he'd done everything he wanted to so there was no reason for him to continue," Bolt said. "He was on top, so I'm thinking if I'm on top and I've done everything I want to do maybe I'll get out."
Winning another three golds at the world championships in Moscow last month made him the most decorated athlete in world championship history with eight gold and two silvers. He has six gold medals from the Olympics.
Bolt says he wants to win gold in Rio, set another world record in the 200 meters next year, and perhaps win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
"If I want to be among the greats of (Muhammad) Ali and Pele and all these guys I have to continue dominating until I retire," Bolt said.
Bolt will run his final race this season in the 100 meters at Friday's Van Damme Memorial.