Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is nearing his final competitive race, winning the 100 meter event at the JN Racers Grand Prix in his native country of Jamaica on Saturday. This is expected to be Bolt’s final competitive race in Jamaica. While far removed from his world record time of 9.58 seconds, he finished with a solid 10.03 second finish, which is about equal to the time he notched in his first competitive races. Jamaica celebrated with a fireworks display after the race, while flags waved and vuvuzelas were blown during the race. His final event is expected to be at the world championships in London in August.
Thank you Jamaica🙌🏽🙌🏽
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) June 11, 2017
After the race, he said, “There are no words. From World Juniors, the support that I have been getting from Jamaica has been remarkable.” Bolt later called it an honor to earn a victory for the last time in front of his Jamaican brethren, which totaled about 30,000 spectators packed into the National Stadium at Kingston. As to the race itself, he was humble about it, just calling it “okay” and admitting that he had never been as nervous as he was in Saturday’s race. “Just the atmosphere and the people, the support they came out and gave me, it was really nerve wracking,” Bolt said.
The event was advertised as “Tribute to a Legend”, and many other personalities from the track and field world were present for the race. This included British runner Mo Farah, Kenyan runner David Rudisha, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and IAAF President Sebastian Coe. A statement released by the IAAF said that Coe was there “to thank someone who has changed the face of our sport, and has encouraged so many young people to our sport.” Bolt won nine Olympic events in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4×100 events, although one gold medal was later revoked after one of his teammates on a relay team tested positive for a banned substance.