Emotional farewell! Usain Bolt wins his final 100m race in Jamaica

Laura Christensen
June 11, 2017

BARBADIAN OLYMPIC SPRINTER Ramon Gittens will have the distinction of competing against the legendary Usain Bolt in his farewell race in Jamaica at the JN Racers Grand Prix Athletics Meet tomorrow.

Bolt, who was a few weeks ago named the seventh most popular athlete in the world by ESPN, said he has not yet decided in what role, but he will be involved in the club in some way.

"The run, it was just OK".

De Grasse, who chased Bolt home for silver in the 200 metres and bronze in the 100m at the Rio Olympics a year ago, is widely tipped to be one of the athletes bidding to fill the void left by the sprint king's retirement.

"Great personalities like Usain Bolt. make people want to see what else Jamaica has to offer, so he literally opens doors for Jamaica to the rest of the world". I wanted to start off the year on a high, and I'm just glad my coach has gotten me healthy and ready to race. My execution was poor, my start was poor as always.

"It's going to be really great competing (in the Racers Grand Prix) as I remember the vibe a year ago, and it was exciting and very hyped up".

Running from lane five in front of a sold-out stadium, Bolt took control of the race before the halfway mark and pulled away to the delight of more than 30,000 spectators.

The 30-year-old is retiring this year and a sold-out 30,000 crowd in Kingston came to bid him an emotional farewell. "I'll try my best even when I've hung up my spikes, to really continue to push track and field in anyway possible".

"It will definitely just be the 100".

"I wish Usain Bolt could run for another 40 years".

"I'm just going there to do my best and to come through victorious as always".

World record holders David Rudisha of Kenya and South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk, along with North America's most decorated runner, Allyson Felix; Great Britain's distance king Mo Farah; sprint hurdler Sally Pearson of Australia and triple jump sensation Christian Taylor of the U.S., formed what is probably the greatest assembly of stars in one room at any one time.

"This is a positive step forward, but I know there's still quite of bit of work to be done", Van Niekerk told Reuters.

Multiple Olympic and world gold medallist Bolt, who seems to have moved past his earlier desire to play professional soccer, said he would miss competing, but not the hard training.

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