Win or lose, 'lightning' Bolt is the king in swansong race

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

August 11, 2017: Legendary triple Olympian, Jamaica's Usain St. Leo Bolt, will run for the last time tomorrow, Saturday. Mills made a deal with Bolt. For instance, first place in the biennial World Championships is worth $60,000, and world records carry bonuses of $100,000 in that event, according to Forbes.

On the question about the disappointing bronze in the final 100m of his career, Bolt was all but praises for Justin Gatlin.

And so it proved, Bolt trailing home in third behind Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin or Drug Cheat Justin Gatlin-Booooo to give him his official BBC name.

"It's one thing to be named among the greats in track and field", said Wayde van Niekerk, the South African who holds the world record in the 400 meters.

But could fans handle it if we found, for example, that as charming as Bolt, the best known and most popular athlete in the world, is, he was no better than the majority of his Jamaican team-mates when it came to using drugs?

A few minutes after that, he stepped onto the track, kneeled down and kissed the finish line that he crossed in Lane 4. Since then, he has collected nine gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in three Olympic games.

Through most of the race, it looked as if Bolt would be trying to reel in Coleman, the NCAA champion, who was in Lane 5, and got out faster than anyone in the field. Bolt is not the one that was crushing everything in its path with chronos from elsewhere, but this outcome was finally like a relief to an athlete who has dedicated his life to his sport from a very young age. I wasn't booed in 2012, '11, and '12- which was still in London- '13 or '14 or '15 and not that much in '16.

It was the first time Bolt had lost a World Championships 100m final he had started, having been disqualified for a false start in Daegu in 2011. Bear in mind that Lance Armstrong managed to end his career without getting caught ... too.

The rest of the six events of the decathlon will take place with the 1,500 metres bringing to close the multi-discipline event.

Bolt seems to enjoy his fame and fortune. So Bolt was rewarded with about $30,000 for his haul of three gold medals that year. Bolt graciously settled for a bronze. "I've done all I can for the sport and myself". Say, for instance, when you're growing up, you're walking down the street, you've got to tell everybody good morning.

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo did a scientific analysis of that run and estimated that Bolt could have finished with a time of 9.55 seconds if he hadn't slowed down to celebrate.

Though van Niekerk could eventually prove to match Bolt's ability, his reserved personality means he'll likely never reach the heights of Bolt's legendary persona.

Usain Bolt is one of the greatest athletes of all time, there is no doubting that.

His legendary achievements were well recognized by the sports world as he was named IAAF Athlete of The Year six times and was a four-time Laureus Awards victor.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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