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Bolt aims for encore in Rio

Auckland: Usain Bolt will be aiming for a three-peat of Olympic sprint titles in the 100 and 200 metres at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, rather than trying out a new event.

After Bolt became the first man to successfully defend both sprint titles at the London Olympics, he was coy about his prospects of competing in Rio and there was speculation he could switch to the long jump or 400 for a new challenge.

However, during a promotional visit to New Zealand on Monday, the self-declared “living legend” said that his plan for 2016 “is all about just going and defending my titles.”

“I don’t want to try any different events at Rio, because there I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again,” Bolt, who won the 100- and 200-metres and helped Jamaica win the 4x100-metre relays at Beijing and London, told a news conference.

“The three-peat. That’s the focus — there’s not going to be any different event.”

The 26-year-old Bolt was under intense pressure from Yohan Blake heading into the London Olympics after losing to his training partner at the Jamaican selection trials.

“I continue to work hard, continue staying focused and pushing myself, so for me that’s the focus right now,” he said. “I don’t know how fast I can go but I definitely try to go faster each year. I enjoy being challenged all the time.”