I have done all I can do, says Bolt

I have done all I can do, says Bolt

I have done all I can do, says Bolt

His mission accomplished, Usain Bolt bid goodbye to Olympic track and field with mixed feelings on Saturday.

‘I have done all I can do,’ said the Jamaican legend in his final press conference as he prepared to wind up his season and head to one last season next year, his absence set to leave a huge void in athletics.

Excerpts:

On his Olympic retirement: I knew it was going to be done. I just have mixed feelings now. It’s a relief. Having all this pressure to continue coming to the Olympics and achieve gold medals back to back all the time is a lot of pressure. I’ve gone through a lot of stress, but I will definitely miss the sport and miss the Olympics. It’s the biggest stage for us athletes, but I’ve done all I can do. I’ve proven to the world that I’m the greatest in the sport so for me it’s just mission accomplished pretty much.

On his spectacular achievements: I have a saying, 'Nothing is impossible'. I never set limits for myself. I’ve always wanted to push the barriers and that’s what I did. I accomplished what I wanted to and it's a joy. I’m happy. There's nothing else I can do but to push on and enjoy what I’ve done over the years.

On what is next in his bucket list: I will have to make a new bucket list. I have accomplished what I wanted to accomplish in track and field. So now I will have to make new goals and then I will take that on. But now I just want to relax and take a vacation.

On the Nesta Carter dope positive (after retesting of Beijing Games samples) that might cost him a medal: I don't think my legacy would be tarnished. I have proved it over and over again that I have done it clean, so it's no stress. It's not what I want but it's life. What are you going to do? It's not something I have control over.

On his role beyond sport in Jamaica: I'm a great ambassador. I try to live up to my country’s needs, and I always try to push my country on top and be the best I can be. I’ve brought more tourists to my country, more jobs. I’ve done as much as I possibly can for my country and will continue to do so after I retire from the sport. I will continue to uplift my country.

On Jamaican athletics: We have been through some rough patches, but I think we are on the right track with the youngsters that we have. My fellow Jamaicans, we've proven over the years that we can do it and we will continue pushing on and doing great things. But I feel like we're on the right track, the bad times are behind us. We just put the bad times behind us and move forward, but I think we are going in the right direction.

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