"My sports life is over" - Usain Bolt confirms retirement from all sport

The eight-time Olympic champion plans to focus on business after ending his football dream

Usain Bolt will no longer participate in top level sport his agent Ricky Simms has confirmed to Olympic Channel.

The fastest man on the planet had embarked on a quest to make it as a football player following his retirement from athletics in 2017.

But despite high profile spells with several top teams, Bolt was unable to secure a professional contract, and is now focussed elsewhere.

"I'm just doing many different things ... the sports life is over" - Usain Bolt to ESPN

"I'm now moving into different businesses, I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I'm just dabbling in everything and trying to be a business man now" - Usain Bolt was quoted as saying by ESPN.

Usain Bolt plays in a pre-season friendly for the Central Coast Mariners in Australia
Usain Bolt plays in a pre-season friendly for the Central Coast Mariners in AustraliaUsain Bolt plays in a pre-season friendly for the Central Coast Mariners in Australia

Football Dream Over

The eight-time Olympic champion had often talked about his desire to make it as a pro footballer, and enjoyed training stints with clubs including Norwegian team Stromsgodset and German giants Borussia Dortmund.

His most notable spell was a trial with Australian club Central Coast Mariners where he scored twice in a friendly.

However he was subsequently unable to agree on a contract with the club.

"It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was different from track and field and it was fun while it lasted." - Usain Bolt to ESPN

Athletics legacy

While Bolt's career in football was short lived, his results on track has left him the undisputed sprint king.

He lit up the Beijing 2008 Games when he set a new world record in the 100m en route to victory and then followed it up with gold in the 200m and a new Olympic record. He had emulated Carl Lewis's double win at the 1984 Los Angeles games.

Beijing 2008 - Usain B wins the 200m final and breaks the world record
Beijing 2008 - Usain B wins the 200m final and breaks the world recordBeijing 2008 - Usain B wins the 200m final and breaks the world record

At London 2012, Bolt became the first athlete in history to successfully defend both sprint titles.

But he raised the bar even higher at Rio 2016. The Jamaican became the first athlete to win the 100m for the third-consecutive time and repeated the feat in the 200m.

He bowed out of the Games as a legend, his accomplishments immortalised in the record books.

What's next for Bolt?

The 34-year-old is currently an ambassador for several international brands and has also expanded his restaurant business outside of Jamaica.

But his quest for business fame and fortune has not deterred Bolt from supporting sporting endeavours.

The hugely popular star recently donated J$1,000,000 (approx USD 7,500) to the Special Olympics Jamaica team ahead of the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi later this year.

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