MOSCOW: Usain Bolt may have two more races to run this season, but his thoughts have already turned to holidays after he notched up a second treble gold at the World Athletics Championships.
The 26-year-old won the 100 and 200m individual titles in dominant fashion at the Luzhniki Stadium and appropriately anchored the Jamaican team to victory in the 4x100m relay, the final event of the nine-day competition.
His world medal haul now stands at eight golds, bringing him level with American women’s 200m specialist Allyson Felix, and retired US track stars Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson.
“I work hard and will continue working hard and pushing myself. I try and do my best at all times,” said Bolt, who refused to be drawn on who was the better athlete between him and Lewis.
Bolt, who is due to race at Zurich and the season-ending Brussels meet in the Diamond League, added: “Anything is possible, that’s my motto in track and field.
“I’ll give my all and hope to get three (more medals),” he said when asked about his plans for the next world championships in Beijing in 2015.
But while the Jamaican said he “overcame any obstacles that get in my way”, he did admit to feeling the creeping pains of age.
“Yes, definitely,” he said. “Every year it gets harder, you get older and it gets harder.
In a frank admission, Bolt also took aim at the organisers of the world championships, which took some time to build a decent atmosphere and notably did not even enjoy a full stadium for the 100m final, normally viewed as the blue riband event of track and field.
“I’ll have to say a ‘seven’” out of 10, Bolt said when asked to grade the championships.”