Since becoming a global sensation in sprinting at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has continued to prove that no one is faster than him when it comes to the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100 meter relays.
He’s the reigning world and Olympic champion in these events; and, with his bag so full of gold medals, the 'lightning bolt' is ready to take a bow.
As a buildup to his retirement, Bolt ran his final race on Saturday, June 10 at the JN Racers’ Grand Prix in the National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica. The race, which had a crowd of 30,000 people in attendance, was called "Salute To A Legend."
It was Bolt’s final special gift to Jamaicans for their support throughout his career as an athlete.
Running on the same track on which he started his international career in 2002, Bolt crossed the finish line in 10 minutes and three seconds. It was below his 100-meter record of 9 minutes and 58 seconds, but it was fast enough to win him the first position in the race.
Also in the race were fellow Jamaican sprinters Nickel Ashmeade, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Jevaughn Minzie, and Antiguan, Daniel Bailey. The Gleaner quotes Bolt saying:
"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 an honour for me."
At the end of the race, fireworks went off in honor of the 30-year-old legend as he kissed the finish line before striking his signature 'lightning bolt' pose. According to BBC, Bolt will retire in August after the World Championships in London. In the meantime, watch the race in Jamaica below:
Jamaica saying a heartfelt thank you to Usain Bolt. His last race and a very special evening! pic.twitter.com/7YPVYnUrl0— MWasilewska (@WasilewskaEU) 11 June 2017