Usain Bolt in Rio for sprint event; mingles with fans

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usain-bolt-in-rio.jpgJamaica's global sprint superstar Usain Bolt is now in Brazil where his down to compete in a 100m sprint event in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

According to event organisers, Bolt will face two international rivals and a local sprinter in the event, which will be held at the Brazilian Jockey Club.

It will be Bolt's third consecutive appearance in the event, which he also won in 2013 and 2014. While in Rio de Janeiro, Bolt walked into a small gym at the base of Rio de Janeiro's Mangueira favela on Thursday, took three shots on the basketball court - at least one from 3-point range - and made all three.

Leaving the basketball court, Bolt posed for selfies, took his own video and even ran a 20-metre race on the track with several young girls. A few kids at the complex's small football field climbed a chain link fence to have a look. Bolt seemed to enjoy himself, raised his arms a few times in mock gestures of triumph and took time to look at the selfies of others.

After competing in Brazil, Bolt is scheduled to run in New York on June 13, Paris on July 4 and in Lausanne on July 9 as he prepares for August's IAAF World Championships in Beijing and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

'This will be my last Olympics, but I am definitely looking forward to it,' the 28 year old said, 'I'm excited now that it's getting closer. I'm looking forward to being here and competing. Yes definitely.'