Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Two more for the road as Bolt says farewell

Two more for the road as Bolt says farewell

The last time Jamaica lost a world championship final was in Bolt's rookie year in 2007, when he ran the second leg and only took silver behind the Americans. Mills made a deal with Bolt.

This much was attested to by no other athletic personality than the legendary Michael Johnson whose 200 meters record Bolt shattered. The contrast was also striking between the walkabout that had the right Bolt, and the output nearly on the sly and under the whistles of Gatlin, which has put an end to an unbeaten 9 years of Jamaican big competition.

We had a 100m winner Gatlin booed to the rafters and a 200m victor Ramil Guliyev, whose winning time was almost a second slower than Bolt's best and who ended up being interrogated in the victory press conference about his adopted country Turkey's doping record. "It was always going to end, no matter what happened - win, lose or draw".

Even in the sadness, Bolt has made his show, taking égoportraits with the audience, draped in the jamaican flag, and running his famous gesture of the Flash to satiety, to the delight of the london audience. "I personally don't think it [the bronze medal] has changed what I have done in any way", Bolt said.

Bolt routinely slowed down before crossing the finish line.

On the last day of his global career, fans jostled for space to have a glimpse of Bolt at the warm-up arena, adjacent to the stadium and television cameras were fixed at him to have a shot of the towering Jamaican.

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Jamaica now leads the Caribbean with three medals -two bronze and one gold, while Cuba, The Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago have one each.

Still, Bolt was supportive of his young teammates. "They wanted me to go for one more season". All nine are by Bolt.

The decorated sprinter will appear for the last time at a major championships in the final at 8:50 this morning New Zealand time.

Bolt seems to enjoy his fame and fortune.

"If you work hard throughout your life, I always say anything is possible and I can imagine how long he [Gatlin] has dreamt of this moment..."

Never mind the sight of Justin Gatlin and Ramil Guliyev winning Bolt's events and creating a feeling of queasiness to match the worst symptoms of the London 2017 norovirus.

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"I'm excited to just live normally and get up and know that I have no training for once and can do what I want".

With house music playing softly throughout the stadium where Bolt won the middle three of his nine Olympic finals, Gatlin and Coleman passed through the exit tunnel while the former champion took a 10-minute trip around the track, then detoured into the stands for selfies with the Jamaican fans who came across the ocean to see him one last time.

"I've been back in the sport since 2010".

According for Forbes magazine, Bolt has earned $32.2 million in 2017, with a majority coming via product endorsements. His 9.85-second run was the third fastest in Olympic history.

"You've seen it with Usain Bolt". Granted, this was because a member of his relay team tested positive.

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