Bolt may swap sprint for long jump in Rio
LONDON - Agence France-Presse
Jamaica's Usain Bolt at conference "Art & Science of Winning" EPA photoJamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt says he mulls competing in long jump in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Usain Bolt has said he is considering switching sprinting for long jump before the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The world’s fastest man, who claimed three gold medals at the London Olympics, dismissed rumors that he may retire before Rio but said he may compete in different events in four years’ time.
It’s just about making different goals, there’s a lot of things I can do in the sport,” Bolt told Britain’s Sky News television channel.
“My coach wants me to do 400 metres, I want to try long jump,” said Bolt, who successfully defended his 2008 Beijing 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in London this month.
“I could always try to aim for the records again, so there’s different things -- but after the season we’ll decide what we want to do and work on that next season.” Bolt’s flirtation with long jump comes a week after he claimed he was considering playing cricket in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League.
He played junior cricket before turning to the track and has long voiced a love for the game.
The sprinter has also said he would happily play football for Manchester United, “if the money’s right.”