Updated: Saturday, 16 August 2014 05:46 | By Agence France-Presse

Sponsors persuade Bolt to run until 2017

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt revealed Friday that he will put back his planned retirement until 2017 at the request of his sponsors.

Sponsors persuade Bolt to run until 2017

Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts after the heats of the men's 4 x 100m relay athletics event during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on August 1, 2014 - by Andrej Isakovic

The six-time Olympic gold medallist and 100m and 200m world record holder had intended to retire from the track after the 2016 Rio Olympics, but he told a news conference Friday that he will compete for a further extra year.

"I think I'm going to do another year. My sponsors asked me to do one more year, so I will compete until 2017," said the 27-year-old Jamaican.

If he sticks to his plan then Bolt's last competition is likely to be the 2017 world championships in London.

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