Wrestling star Jordan Burroughs has no plans to retire, announcing he is going to compete for a spot in the Olympics in 2021.
The 2012 gold medalist and four-time world champion said he was disappointed when he found out the Tokyo Games would be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. He considers it a setback, not a deal breaker.
He turns 32 in July.
"When I walked away from Rio medal-less in 2016, I contemplated retirement,'' he tweeted Wednesday. "Not because I couldn't do it anymore, but because I knew that it would require another four years of tremendous work to get back. I was unsure if I was willing to dedicate another four years of my life to reach that stage.
"Yet, here we are, and there it goes. The race that I was once afraid to embark on because of its length just moved its finish line a little further. But I'm still in the race.''
Burroughs' aggressive wrestling style and success have earned him a worldwide following.
He won his first world title in 2011 and took gold in his Olympics debut in London the next year. He was favored to repeat as champion at 74 kilograms in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro but finished ninth. He won the world title in 2017 and was third the past two years.