Athletics-Bolt treasured by Jamaicans not only for his speed

Posted June 11, 2017

"I don't think I've ever been that nervous running a 100m", Bolt said after a lap of honour 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.

American Olympic gold medal victor Allyson Felix captured the women's 400 metres by finishing in a time of 50.52.

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.

Bolt has four events left before retirement - this weekend s Kingston meet, Ostrava on June 28, Monaco on July 21 and the August 4-13 World Championships in London.

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 mainly against his Jamaican teammates.

As every sports fan knows, Bolt has risen to an unprecedented dominance of sprinting in the intervening decade and a half with eight Olympic titles and another 11 gold medals in the world championships.

Bolt will line up in the last race on the schedule - the "Salute to a Legend" 100m race against fellow countrymen Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Jevaughn Minzie, and Nickel Ashmeade.

The nine-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt did not run in the fastest 100 metre race of the evening, but his devoted fans didn't care.

Mason was born in Jamaica and trained with the Stephen Francis-coached MVP Track Club before switching allegiance to Great Britain in 2006.

As for the athlete himself, he said he always gives his best, but there's no real motivation for him to try and break his own records. "So I say to De Grasse 'take your time'".

He ran 19.90 on April 22 and is the joint-second fastest over the 200m this year.

“I never really had any track fanatics growing up that I idolised.”. I'm home, the amount of people that called me to get tickets (he laughs), I know the stadium's gonna be full, so I know it's gonna be high energy, and I know it's gonna be just one big party.

"There is just one Bolt". Everywhere in the world I go people keep saying: "See you in London". Just trying to do my best as always and put on a show for them because that's what they're coming out there to look forward to.