Thank you to my fellow countrymen who gave this royalty of track n field a tribute befitting for the man who has represented us first class. Usain Bolt has shown the world how to rise above obstacles, negativities, doubters, haters, ridiculers and still accomplish what others say has never been done before.
A fellow who has graced our presence for the past 12 years, growing up before our eyes. The phase of teenager, the twenty’s, doing what most of us did at some point in our lives, yet delivering on the biggest stage of his profession. To follow Bolt and not notice his mind and personal development is unfortunate. The ability to focus when the world has an opinion, positive or negative is not an easy feet to rise above and still WIN; not to mention his injuries. Majority if they hear negativity coming from a couple persons about them, they are doomed, crushed for what seems like eternity. Imagine, living through that. Living through the cynicism cast on the sport that you love in the wake of drug scandals during that decade. Bolt managed to surpass all in his relatively youthful development. An accomplishment I must say is worth taking note of.
Usain Bolt is as original in his entertainment of the crowd and photogs as he is in his aura. You see every interaction and engagement he takes them on worldwide. He has learnt gratitude at an early age, and it is inevitable when you hear him speak. He recognises those he loves, those who he entertains and as a true Jamaican, he is most thankful to his ‘people’. It all started right here on home soil, so how fitting is it for Usain to close out in front of his ‘people’, on home soil.
Bolt captured, titillated, mesmerised the World. For my own part, the excitement that he brought to the sport was more than I could hope for as every win, every loss, was felt. He raised our flag high, he is Brand Jamaica. What more could a nation ask for of this young man from a modest background with parents who believed and instilled discipline into him.
Bolt clocked out at 10.03. I suggest you refresh your memory as to the significance of this time.
Usain Bolt, a beauty to look at, beauty to watch. He commands a crowd with his presence as he is simply fun, respects his FANS, and knows they are very much a part of his success as his own talent. There are many things we can learn from a Usain Bolt, the most important for me is GRATITUDE. Always, always ensure you say ‘thank you’. That is one attribute MONEY cannot buy!!!!
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Bolt says farewell in magnificent style #OneLastBolt
But not before his usual theatrics at the start.
A ‘To di worl’ pose as he was being introduced, Mo farah darting on the infield, GoPro camera in hand to get his vantage point of the historic moment; it was the sort of end everyone expected and the fireworks that met his 10.03 seconds win at the finish line was symbolic of the most exciting career in track and field.
Javaughn Minzie was second in 10.15 with Nickel Ashmeade running third in 10.18.
“I really appreciate you guys for coming out and supporting me. After my friend’s death it was really hard for me, I have never been through something like this, I had to take some time but I knew what I had to do and I knew Germaine (Mason) would want me to do this. This was special,” said Bolt after his event.
“There are no words, from World Juniors the support that I have been getting from Jamaica has been remarkable. I could not have done this without my parents, my friends, my best friend NJ, I want to thank Jamaica, I never expected this. It’s big to see everybody turn out, it shows that they appreciated what I did and it was a honour for me,” Bolt added.
It wouldn’t be a Bolt 100m without a poor start and so-so first phase, but as he has done over the years, the big Jamaican took control of the field and powered home, returning to kiss the stadium track before addressing the crowd.
Yohan Blake got his share of the limelight with a 9.97 seconds win in his 100m event leading from start to finish to get the better of Akani Simbine, 10.00 and Keston Bledman, 10.22.
“It has been going really good for me. Usain told me before I came out here, ‘Blake stay patient’ and that’s what I did,” said Blake.
Wayde van Niekerk set a world leading time of 19.84 seconds while winning the men’s 200m event.
The South African 400m world record holder was in complete control, ahead of Rasheed Dwyer, who was second in 20.11 seconds.
Fellow Jamaican Warren Weir placed third in 20.18 seconds. His Racers Track Club Teammate, Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain was fourth in 20.22 seconds.
World champion Danielle Williams, 12.81 was second in the 100m hurdles behind Sharika Nelvis, 12.78 with Sally Pearson, 12.83 running third.
Demish Gaye continued his fine form with a 44.73 seconds run in the men’s 400m. Lalonde Gordon was second in 45.18, while Machel Cedenio took third place in 45.57 seconds.
Farah delighted the crowd by crossing the line first and with a signature Bolt pose as he won the men’s 3000m in 7:41.20 ahead of Pat Tierman, 7:41.62 and Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell, 7:41.87.
Willy Tarbei pulled off one of the talking points of the night when he pipped world record holder David Rudisha on the line to win the Men’s 800m.
Tarbei finished in 1:44.86 ahead of his Kenyan teammate Rudisha, who clocked 1:44.90 seconds. USA’s Erik Sowinski took third in 1:45.27 seconds. Jamaicans Chadoye Dawson, Daniel Glave and Sadiki White, were fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
Shamier Little won the women’s 400m in 54.21 ahead of Dalilah Muhammad, 54.59 and Ristananna Tracey, 54.61.
Shanieka Thomas-Ricketts produced a stadium record, 14.31m to win the triple jump event.
Christian Taylor took the male equivalent in 17.20m with Allyson Felix running strongly for the women’s 400m win with a time of 50.52.
World Junior champion Jaheel Hyde turned a good performance to finish second in the men’s 400m.
Hyde, who ran a personal best 48.52 at the Jamaica International Invitational on May 20 also at the National Stadium, finished second in 48.82. The race was won by Quincy Downing of the US in 48.13. Jonny Dutch of the US was third in 49.00 while fourth went to Jamaica’s Roxroy Cato in 49.43.
“I am pleased with my performances so far this season as I am running much better than last year, as I am consistently running 48 seconds, compared to last year. I am healthy and I am looking forward to trials as I think I am on the right path”, Hyde said.
Bolt wins in glittering send off #OneLastBolt #MakeItLegendary
(Jamaica Gleaner) Saturday | June 10, 2017 | 6:22 PM
Bolt clocked 10.03 ahead of Javaughn Minzie, second in 10.14, and Nickel Ashmeade third in 10.17 seconds.
Bolt never looked like being beaten on the night he got an emotional send off in front of a packed house at the National Stadium and as he lit up the track, a magnificent fireworks display followed for the man who lit up track and field around the world for the last 17 years.
Bolt challenges Rudisha, Farah, Van Niekerk to 500m dash
(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, June 11, 2017
Usain Bolt addressing the media at a JN Rcers press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday. The American athlete Allyson Felix is at at right. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Sprint king and triple world record holder Usain Bolt has proposed an enticing 600m clash between himself, 800m record holder David Rudisha and distance King Mo Farah.
But after serious consideration, Bolt reduced the distance to 500m and included 400m world record holder Wayde Van Niekerk.
Bolt raised the possibilities while the athletes fielded questions from the media at a JN Racers Grand Prix press conference on Thursday at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
Bolt, Rudisha, Farah, Van Niekerk, Allyson Felix, Christian Taylor and Sally Pearson all shared the stage at the same time in an interactive question and answer session.
“I have two questions, one to Wayde. Do you feel like you can run 42 seconds?” Bolt asked. After a little hesitation, Van Niekerk replied: “Of course.”
“That’s what I like,” Bolt added.
Last year after training with Van Niekerk, Bolt encouraged and even predicted that the South African would erase Michael Johnson 400m world record of 43.18 seconds set in 1999.
Bolt then turned his attention to his very good friend, Britain’s Mo Farah, who twice won the 5,000m and 10,000 at two consecutive Olympics.
“This is for Farah. What do you feel, me, you and Rushisha, who would win?”
Farah, sitting between Sally Pearson and Van Niekerk, burst out laughing.
“Farah replied: “600… I think I got a better chance, I think because of my endurance.”
Bolt then interjected and reminded Farah that the race would also include Rudisha.
“Oh sorry, I thought it was just me,” said Farah laughing. “That completely changes things. That turns the table around. Rudisha would be pretty strong because the guy has run 1:40 minutes for 800. He would jog and still have us.”
Bolt then turned the question to the soft-spoken Kenyan star Rudisha. “What do you think?”
Rudisha smiled, before saying: “600m, I think I would have a lot of advantage when it comes to 600 because I do sometimes 400m and 800. So I am right in the middle and Mo, I don’t think you have a chance there. For 600m, I already have the fastest time of 1:13 minutes,” said Rudisha.
Bolt was then asked what are his chances of winning that 600m clash.
“How do you mean? What chance?” the 100m and 200m world record holder asked.
“My coach will tell anybody. if I really took this 400 seriously, sorry Wayde, but I would be the world record holder right now,” said Bolt.
“But now that I think about it, I might have to drop it (600m race) down to 500 then we can add Wayde to the group and it would be a good run,” he added.
Meanwhile, a race between Bolt and Argentine football star Lionel Messi was proposed. One without a ball and one with a ball.
RacersGrandPrix: Bolt thanks fans, athletes for support
(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, June 10, 2017
Bolt, who ran his final competitive race on home soil a short while ago, said “There are no words to describe it; from world juniors the support that I have been getting from Jamaica was huge and I never thought that I would get this high in track and field.
“I must give God the glory, this is a atmosphere that I never expected. The stadium is packed and I really appreciate it. For me it is big to see everybody turn out to show their appreciation for what I have done and it’s always an honour.”
The eight-time Olympic champion also expressed thanks to the athletes who turned out for the event.
“I want to thank them (participating world and Olympic champions) for coming out and showing their support. It’s an honour when great athletes support great athletes so I want to thank them for that,” he said.
Bolt is regarded as the greatest sprinter of all time and will be retiring after the IAAF London World Championships set for August 4-13.
What the athletes say about Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt (right) and his coach Glen Mills having a good time at the second staging of the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium on Saturday night. The meet celebrated the achievements of the world’s fastest man, who intends to retire after the London World Championships in August.