Nervous Bolt wins final 100 meters race on home soil
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[June 12, 2017]
By Kayon Raynor
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - An
emotional Usain Bolt recovered from a moderate start to win his
final 100 meters sprint on home soil, clocking 10.03 seconds at the
2nd Racers Grand Prix in Kingston on Saturday.
The multiple Olympic and world gold medalist, who will retire after
August's world championships in London, confessed to being a nervous
wreck before running his last race on Jamaican soil.
"The run, it was just ok. I must say it was ok. I don't think I've
ever been that nervous running a 100m," Bolt said after a lap of
honor before a packed stadium, including International Association
of Athletics Federations President Sebastian Coe and the top brass
of Jamaican politics including Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
"I think that was possibly one of my worst race. My execution was
poor, my start was poor as always. I think in the last bit I lost it
"But I didn't expect anything spectacular... my first race since
January when I ran a 150m and some relays in Australia so I just
wanted to stay injury free, put on a show for the crowd and shown
them I'm thankful for the support over the years.
"Just the atmosphere and the people, the support they came out and
give me tonight, 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."
Running from lane five, Bolt took control of the race before the
halfway mark and pulled away to the delight of more than 30,000
"It's Big to see everybody that turned out. It shows that what I've
done for the sport is a big deal to them and they really appreciate
it," said the 30-year-old.
"So thank you and it was my honor to put the sport of track and
field at the top and to continue to dominate. I'll try my best even
when I've hung up my spikes, to really continue to push track and
field in anyway possible."
The double sprint world record holder, who has amassed eight Olympic
golds and 13 world championship medals, will make his final bow in
August in the British capital, where he will only run the shorter
sprint despite having a wildcard for the 200m.
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Jamaica's Olympic champion Usain Bolt (C) crosses the finish line as
he wins his final 100 meters sprint at the 2nd Racers Grand Prix at
the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica June 10, 2017.
"It will definitely just be the 100. I know a lot of
people really want to see me run it (200m) but the 100m will be the
one cause I know people really want to see that also," Bolt said.
"I'm just going there to do my best and to come through victorious
Meanwhile, South African 400m world record holder Wayde Van Niekerk
ran a blistering curve on his way to posting a world leading 19.84
seconds (wind 1.2 m/s) to win the 200m sprint.
"This is a positive step forward, but I know there's still quite of
bit of work to be done," Van Niekerk told Reuters.
David Rudisha, the reigning Olympic and world championship winner in
800m, posted a season-best one minute 44.90 seconds but was caught
and passed by his little known fellow Kenyan Willy Tarbei, who won
in one minute 44.86 seconds.
British multiple Olympic and world championship gold medalist Mo
Farah clocked seven minutes 41.20 seconds to land the 3,000 ahead of
Australian Patrick Tierman and Jamaica's Kemoy Campbell.
(Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
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