The capacity crowd of all walks of life estimated at 30, 000 filled the national stadium Saturday night June 10, 2017 were so mesmerized that when the lightening flashed … better known as Bolt eventually struck … so “electrocuted” were they that no humankind headed for the exit long after the race ended.
Bolt could not have gotten a worse start, yet in the end he made the distance of 100 metres look so simple. He went into overdrive some 75 metres down the track and triumphed over a decent field of world class athletes clocking 10.03 seconds. Some of these athletes and IOC Officials, whom traveled from far lands like Australia to the United States of America, Canada and even Caribbean islands to join in the salute to the legend Usain Bolt.
The appreciative crowd was on their feet as the big man donned his running spikes for the final time on local soil. The tiny Caribbean island Jamaica aka the “sprint factory” was the focus of the international press who converged on our shores to witness and record the event for a worldwide audience with an insatiable appetite for Bolt.
The Honourable Dr. St. Leo Bolt brought down the curtains on a spectacular athletic career that brought Jamaica and the sport much glory … Bolt has been a great ambassador for world athletics. It was about 2003/4 that Bolt arrived on the athletic scene as a junior athlete.
At age 30 when most of us are starting our careers Bolt’s has ended. There was jubilation and sadness for the last time in Jamaica he will competitively take to the track seeking medals.
He has already started his chain of sport bars/restaurants named Tracks and Records” with outlets in Kingston and Ocho Rios, Jamaica W.I. His future plans are not known at this time but endorsements are already assured. He could be appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Time will tell …
As we say “walk good” Bolt, will you produce junior bolts to strike as you have.
Vision Newspaper salutes you Sir as a true legend.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper/gtaweekly.
Photo from: www.bbc.com