Usain Bolt Cruises to Win in Final Race in Jamaica


BARBADIAN OLYMPIC SPRINTER Ramon Gittens will have the distinction of competing against the legendary Usain Bolt in his farewell race in Jamaica at the JN Racers Grand Prix Athletics Meet tomorrow.

But it's going to be all about Bolt as he says goodbye to his adoring local fans before he begins his final journey to his swansong at the world championships in London in August.

"The last time in front of my home crowd".

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 30-year-old double sprint world record holder, who has amassed eight Olympic golds and 13 world championship medals, will make his final bow at the world championships in London in August.

"Gatlin was running all these fast times, behaving like he could beat the "boss", and Bolt showed who was the boss by whipping him twice - that is my favourite Bolt memory because he showed champions never give up", she declared.

Bolt said: "It was rough for me. He is going to be missed", said fruit seller Carlos Morgan who comes from Trelawny region where Bolt grew up.

"For me it will just be a joy", the world s fastest man told AFP on Thursday.

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"He ends his competitive career this year, but he does not end the image, and the legacy of course, that Usain will leave".

The Olympic gold medal victor Bolt has a knack for peaking on the biggest stage, but says he couldn't have done it without his coach Glen Mills.

"I'm just going there to do my best and to come through victorious as always". "People want to see you break records".

Rudisha, Farah and van Niekerk are some of the other big names expected in Ostrava on June 28.

The Jamaican Grand Prix will take place tomorrow under the slogan Farewell to a Legend and it is organize by Bolts trainer, Glen Mills.

The three women, each with a guest, were given a chance to attend the Athlete's Reception for the track event last night, and to view live the biggest track and field moment on Jamaica's soil for 2017. "He has served the sport well and the sport has served him well and we'll miss him".

"I had to take off and just try to collect myself".

"He brought so much joy to track and field, not just from his times, but from his personality, which at first people thought was a put-on, but they later realised that it was genuine and they loved it", Quarrie told Reuters.