Usain Bolt to retire after the World Championship In London this August
In preparation for his retirement after the World Championship this summer in London, Usain Bolt, arguably one of the fastest sprinters in the world, has won the 100 meter race titled “Salute To A Legend” in his home soil Jamaica.
Bolt won at a clock of 10.03 sec and it was greeted with a cheering crowd of about 30,000. They shouted and cheered him with fireworks and blaring of horns in an apparent admiration of a legend. Their own legend.
It was a charged atmosphere inside the sold-out stadium. Every family in Kingston wanted to be part of the tribute-paying ceremony to the eight-time Olympic champion.
A clergy appeared at the centre stage even before the action began with the following words:
“Pray God, you have been truly good to Jamaica,” he said.
“You have blessed us with Dr The Honourable Usain St Leo Bolt – the embodiment of sportsmanship, who reminds us of the gumption and indomitable spirit of the Jamaican people”
Bolt may not have been too happy with finishing too early in what he described as “possibly one of my worst races” but he was more conscious of not getting an injury while at the same time, put on a show for the crowd in order to show them that he is thankful for the support over the years.
In his remarks, Bolt said “Just the atmosphere and the people, the support they came out and gave me, it was really nerve-racking.
“I never expected this, I knew it was going to be big, the stadium was ram-packed so thank you guys for coming out and supporting me.”
Bolt has won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at past three Olympic Games – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Nevertheless, Bolt’s exploits remain unprecedented and he also holds the world record in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).