Bolt sprints onto big screen for new feature film

The team behind the Manchester United and One Direction films is to follow Usain Bolt as he prepares for Rio 2016.

Sprinter Usain Bolt is to become the subject of a new documentary as he steps up his preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist is aiming to preserve his monopoly of the sprint titles in Brazil and is set to be followed by the team behind Manchester United documentary Class of '92 as he readies himself to do so.

"I’m excited to start work on this project," said Bolt - a United fan. "When I met Gabe and Ben and heard about their previous work I felt they would be the right people to tell my story and capture my journey to Rio 2016. It’s going to be a lot of fun."

Gabe Turner, whose Fulwell 73 production company also worked on One Direction documentary This Is Us, added: "Having explored the dynamic of brotherhood and team-mates in our previous film, this time around Ben and I had a real interest in looking at the life of an athlete competing in an individual sport.

"When the opportunity arose to do so with the greatest athlete of all time, we leapt at the chance. Usain’s journey over this next year and what he achieves in Rio, will define his legacy and redefine what is possible in his sport.

"We cannot wait to be with him every step of the way."

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