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Bolt casts doubt over sprint future

ESPN staff
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Usain Bolt has confessed he may turn his back on the men's 100m and 200m in order to find new inspiration following his historic sprint double defence on Thursday.

Bolt became the first man in Olympic history to win back-to-back 100m and 200m titles, beating compatriot Yohan Blake in a time of 19.32s. He will now bid for a hat-trick of golds when the Jamaican 4x100m relay team takes part in Friday's first round.

The unprecedented dominance of Bolt has predictably led to question marks over his motivation for the future, with the sprinter having seemingly achieved all he can over the lower distances. Not only has he reigned supreme at consecutive Olympic Games, he also owns both world records.

The towering sprinter has long been linked with a switch to the 400m, an event his coach believes Bolt could excel at, while Bolt recently insisted he wants to play for Manchester United. The latter suggestion was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but Bolt admits changes could be afoot.

"I'm now a living legend. Bask in my glory," Bolt said. "Now I am going to sit back, relax and think about what's next.

"I don't know what I really want to do after this, whether to run the 100 or 200 or try something else. I need to find a goal that's going to motivate me to great things.

"But I am not ready to retire. I love this sport. The rest of the season I am just going to have fun because I did what I came here to do."

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