Mexico City, May 31 (EFE).- “I think records are made to be broken,” nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt told EFE here in an interview.
The world’s fastest man said that he expects someone to improve on his marks, though not in the near future.
“Not soon. I think records are meant to be broken, so I think over time it will happen. Hopefully one of my sons, so that’ll be great,” the 36-year-old Jamaican said with a chuckle.
“For me as an athlete, I would like to see the sport grow. I would like to see my record stand, but the good thing is that if the record’s broken, you can tell that the sport is growing,” he said.
Between 2008 and 2016, Bolt set Olympic records in the 100 meters (9.63 seconds), 200 meters (19.30 seconds), and – with his Jamaican teammates – the 4 x 100 relay (37.10 seconds).
“It is always a joy for me. I enjoy this title. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I’ve done so great that I am the fastest man,” he told EFE during a visit to Mexico.
In the context of an appeal for more support to athletes in track and field, Bolt called on the private sector to make up for the shortcomings of the respective national federations.
Specifically in regard to Mexico, he noted that the national athletics federation doesn’t do enough to support athletes and enable them to compete at the highest level.
Asked for the secret of his own success, he cited determination as the most important factor.
“Just be dedicated to your craft and understand that it’s not easy. Just be determined and just push on no matter what’s going on,” the world’s fastest man said.