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As far as Usain Bolt is concerend, the Rio 2016 Games are poised for success. Visiting the city this week (August 15), Jamaica’s global sporting icon revealed his plans for the final Olympics of his career. Champion in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at both the Beijing and London Games, Bolt is determined to once again push his limits in 2016.
“I’m definitely looking forward to Rio 2016 because the Olympics is where I always try to push my limits, and I want to push them again here. I always try to do the best I can. I’m sure the games will be incredible,” he said ahead of the Mano a Mano 100m race taking place on Leme beach on Sunday (August 17).
In Rio for only the third time, Bolt revealed he was very happy to return and believes that the city’s inherent energy will make Rio 2016 truly magical.
“Every city is special in different ways. Rio is a great city, the people are always amazing here and the weather is great, so it should be a wonderful event. I am very glad to be back,” he said.
A big football fan, the sprinting phenomenon closely followed events at the recent World Cup in Brazil, and said that he is confident that the organisation of Rio 2016 will also run smoothly.
“The World Cup was a big success, and I’m sure that the Olympic Games will be just as good. I look at it with an open mind, but I have great expectations and I’m sure it will be spectacular,” he said.
Several other Olympic and Paralympic stars are also in Rio for the race, including the American Carmelita Jeter, winner of a 4x100m gold, 100m silver and 200m bronze at London 2012. The sprinter was equally enthusiastic about the prospect of competing in the Marvellous City.
"This is my first time in Rio. I am very excited to be here and to see where everything is going to be happening in 2016. It has a great energy and we can see that everything is coming together. I’m focused on winning individual gold and finishing my athletics career in the best possible way,” he said.
World champion Paralympic sprinter and silver medalist in 2012, Blake Leeper revealed he is already training with one eye on 2016 gold.
“London 2012 was my first Paralympic Games, so I was taking it all in. It was fun, like a vacation. In Brazil, it’s down to business. I am very focused, I’m training every day and I know what I want and it’s to take the gold,” he said.