Sprint king Usain Bolt sets tentative retirement for 2017

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Turning his back on the 100m: Bolt says his main focus now is on the 200m.

Usain Bolt has hinted his final race will be at the World Championships in London in 2017, while the Jamai­can also plans on focusing more on the 200m than the 100m.

Glimpses of Bolt are becoming rarer. Glasgow 2014 was his only outing of 2014, although there will be races to follow on the Diamond League circuit. There were even fears that this might be the last time he competes on British soil.

But if tax breaks remain in place as they were last summer, he will return to the scene of his London 2012 triumphs for the World Cham­pionships in 2017 at the Olympic Stadium, which he hinted might well be where he brings an end to his career.

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro – at the carnival capital of the world – would be a more fitting place to call time on a remarkable career but Bolt hinted that Stratford in 2017 could be his swansong.

“I might just go on to 2017 but I think that will be my last champi­onships,” Bolt said.

He might make it look like a stroll in the park but, after a win­ter struggling with a foot injury, he insisted it was anything but: “The training is not so easy. I remember asking MJ [Michael Johnson] when the time came for him to retire and he said, ‘When there’s nothing else to achieve’. I hate losing, so that’s when I will retire.”

Bolt, though, may never race in the 100m again, as he wants to con­centrate on running a sub-19 sec­ond time in the 200m.

Bolt, who will turn 28 later this month, set the 200m world record of 19.19 seconds in Berlin five years ago, the same championships where he posted his 100m world record of 9.58 seconds.

He added: “I think I’ve done enough in the 100. I know people want to see me run fast in the 100 but I love my 200 and I want to do something special for myself. So for me, my main aim is the 200.

“The world record can keep going down. You never know who’s going to show up next and dominate.

“I’ve said I want to run sub 19. That’s one of my biggest goals and my biggest dreams, so I’m definitely going to be training hard and seeing what I can do.”

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Usain Bolt thunders to relay gold in Glasgow

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Fast and furious: The Jamaican relay team after their win in the 4x100m final in Glasgow.

 Sprint star Usain Bolt landed his first Commonwealth Games gold medal by anchoring Jamaica to 4x100m relay glory at Hampden Park last night.

The world’s fastest man steamed down the home straight to bring his team, that included Jason Liver­more, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade, home in 37.58 seconds, a Games record.

The 27-year-old would have had every reason to grumble about the weather after rain hammered down and puddles littered the track, but he received the baton in the lead and powered away.

It was a relief for the fans too as the relay race was the only event Bolt had entered at the Games.

England took a hugely impres­sive silver, their quartet of Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Richard Kilty and Danny Talbot producing slick changeovers as they best Trinidad and Tobago, clocking 38.02secs.

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Lock, Stock and One Shocking High Dive: Jason Statham’s Commonwealth fail

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Not to be: Statham luckily found his calling after his poor showing in New Zealand.

Jason Statham is better known for his turns in Hollywood blockbusters such as Crank, The Transporter and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

What you may not know, however, is that a 23-year-old Statham was far more preoccupied with the turns more commonly associated with the likes of Tom Daley.

Back in 1990, Statham participated at the Commonwealth Games in Aukland, New Zealand where he represented England in the high dive.

As you can see from the video below, things didn't go to plan for the future film star.

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