Athletics: Usain Bolt says final season is for his fans, as movie about his life premieres

The sprinter talks about struggle and motivation while promoting his documentary I Am Bolt in the UK.
Usain Bolt gesturing after anchoring his team to win the Rio 2016 Olympic Games athletics men's 4x100m relay final, on Aug 19, 2016.
Usain Bolt gesturing after anchoring his team to win the Rio 2016 Olympic Games athletics men's 4x100m relay final, on Aug 19, 2016. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

LONDON (AFP/REUTERS) - Nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has dedicated what is set to be his last track season to his fans, with the Jamaican sprint star saying his training regimen is now "more relaxed".

"It's more relaxed, me and my coach will discuss, we're going to change my training regimen, different things so it's not going to be as intense as the seasons before," he said on Monday ahead of the London premiere of I Am Bolt, a documentary film charting his career in the 18 months leading into this year's Rio Olympics.

Bolt, who is set to bring the curtain down on his brilliant career at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London in August, added: "It's mainly because my fans are... there's a few people who are my friends, my close friends and a few other of my fans said that they really never see me competing live so I am giving people opportunity now to come and see me at my last world championships or maybe in Jamaica, my last run in Jamaica and stuff like that.

"So it's mainly for the fans this season."

I Am Bolt follows the nine-time Olympic gold medallist in his gruelling training and competing as well as relaxing at home, giving fans a glimpse into the life of the man nicknamed "Lightning Bolt".

"Most people's concept of me is that, 'Oh Usain, it's easy for Usain, there's no stress' ... but it's not," Bolt told a news conference in London on Monday ahead of the film's world premiere in the British capital. "I wanted to make people see what I went through to get to where I'm at today."

The documentary, which includes location footage from the Beijing World Championships, Rio and London Olympics, also has video from Bolt's youth and interviews with family members, friends and coach.

Bolt, who became the first person to win three consecutive 100 and 200 metres Olympic golds in Rio de Janeiro last summer and is a world record holder in the two disciplines, can also be seen talking about his nerves and fears ahead of a race.

"I could feel all emotions throughout everything, like I was reliving my life again when I was watching that," he said of the film. "That's what I wanted people to see, the struggles, the pain, the triumph, the stress that I've been through and then have more insight also on my life."

The 30-year-old has told reporters he wants to do more charity work after retiring.