Posted: Tuesday September 24, 2013 7:45 AM

Usain Bolt extends sponsorship deal with Puma

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HERZOGENAURACH, Germany (AP) - Usain Bolt has renewed his endorsement contract with sportswear company Puma beyond the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Puma spokesperson Collette O'Neill declined to give financial details of the deal.

Puma chief executive Bjoern Gulden says the company has supported Bolt since he was 16 years old and "with our support, he grew from a young athlete with huge potential to a world and Olympic champion.''

The 27-year-old Bolt hold world records at both 100 and 200 meters, with six Olympic gold medals and eight worlds golds.

Bolt says in a statement released by Puma that "they recognized my talent at an early age and have supported me throughout, especially in the early years when I had some difficult times due to injuries.''
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