I could have won more if I'd got serious: Bolt

Fri Dec 2, 2016 3:19pm EST
 
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By Mitch Phillips

MONACO (Reuters) - Looking back at his astonishing career on the night he was named Athlete of the Year for the sixth time, Usain Bolt said his only real regret was not taking his sport more seriously at an earlier age.

"Maybe I would have been at four Olympics," the superstar Jamaican sprinter told reporters on Friday before being crowned IAAF male Athlete of the Year again on the back of his amazing Rio de Janeiro Games sprint triple-triple in August.

"The award is definitely a big deal, it proves all the hard work has paid off," he said after Olympic 10,000 meters champion and world record holder Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia took the women's equivalent.

"The fans helped vote for this and it's for the fans I keep doing it."

With nine Olympic golds in the drawer, Bolt plans to hang up his spikes next year after a farewell tour of his favorite venues.

He will run the 100 meters only before competing at the world championships in London where he will be gunning for his 12th and 13th world titles if he goes in the relay.

"When I look back the only real thing I think I would change was to have got more serious more quickly," said Bolt.

"I was relying more on my talent. If I’d got more serious I think I would have done a lot more in my career. It's shocking but it’s true. Maybe if I’d started younger I’d have had four Olympics."   Continued...

 
Usain Bolt of Jamaica poses before a press conference for the 2016 IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco, December 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard - RTSUDPT