Bolt treasured by Jamaicans not only for his speed

Beth Cruz
June 11, 2017

Usain Bolt on Saturday cruised to victory in his final 100m race in his native Jamaica as he clocked 10.03 seconds.

On Saturday Bolt was determined to put on a spectacle as he won the 100 metre "Salute to a Legend" race in front of a raucous crowd of 30,000 on the same track where he launched his worldwide career in 2002.

The 30-year-old, world's fastest man will officially hang up his spikes after the IAAF World Championships in London set for August 4-13.

It will be his final race on his home soil.

Bolt hasn t lost an individual race since 2013 and his streak appears to be safe with Saturday s scheduled 100 metres as he will race against mainly Jamaican teammates.

The most accomplished sprinter in history, Bolt astounded at last summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, when he secured a triple-triple by winning gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100-meter relay for the third straight Olympics.

"It is going to be a great reception", said Bolt at a news conference yesterday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

"The fans in Jamaica know that when I show up I always show up at my best", the 11-time world champion said.

"There is no other place to do the last one because, as you saw, the Olympics in London was just out of this world", he said. "I never really had any track fanatics growing up that I idolized".

"It's Big to see everybody that turned out".

"There is just one Bolt". "I am getting in shape and feeling good for my first race". I know it will be loud and the energy will be great. A figure to all of us in his sport and I wish him the best of luck. "I don't know if they have so many tickets, but I know the energy is going to be incredible, and it will definitely be emotional for me", he added of this summer's championship.

Yohan Blake heads the list of entrance in the open 100m with training partner and countryman Kemar Bailey-Cole also entered along with Akani Simbine of South Africa.

Van Niekerk said Bolt deserves the respect of his peers as he signs off for the last time.

British track star Mo Farah easily won the 3,000 metres running away from the pack to cross the finish line in a time of 7:41.20 while David Tarbei squeezed by fellow Kenyan and world record holder David Rudisha at the line to win the men's 800 metres in a time of 1:44.85.

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