Usain Bolt expects to focus on defending his sprint titles at the Olympics in 2016

Last Updated: 08/10/12 1:48pm

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Usain Bolt: The athlete confirmed his objective is to go for a third defence of his Olympic sprint crowns

Usain Bolt: The athlete confirmed his objective is to go for a third defence of his Olympic sprint crowns

Olympic hero Usain Bolt has revealed that he plans to defend his sprint titles in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and will not be switching disciplines.

After retaining his 100 and 200 metres crowns in London this summer, as well as being a member of his country's victorious 4x100m relay team, the Jamaican declared himself a "living legend."

Previously, he hinted that he could seek a new challenge in Rio, saying he wanted to try the long jump, while he has continually been linked with the 400m, despite repeatedly insisting he does not want to step up in distance.

However, speaking on a trip to New Zealand, the world's fastest man confirmed that his only objective is to go for a third defence of his sprint crowns in Brazil.

Bolt said: "Rio is about going and defending my titles. I don't want to try any different events at Rio, because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again. To do the three-peat, that is the focus."

Bolt's main focus for next year is the World Championships in Moscow, as he claimed he would not be taking things easy now the Olympics have finished.

He added: "It's all about hard work. When I was doing great when I was young, people used to say I was fast for my age, but I have put a lot of work into since I was a senior athlete.

"I continue to work hard, continue staying focused and pushing myself so for me that's the focus right now to see how fast I can go and I definitely try to go faster each year."

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