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Emotional Bolt runs his final race in Jamaica

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 01:27

Emotional Usain Bolt thanks fans as he takes part in his final race in Jamaica

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SHOWS: KINGSTON, JAMAICA (JUNE 10, 2017)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. USAIN BOLT SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER RUNNING IN HIS FINAL RACE IN HOME COUNTRY OF JAMAICA 2. (SOUNDBITE)(English) USAIN BOLT SAYING: "Okay I don't think I've ever been that nervous running 100 metres, for me this atmosphere and the people, the support that they came out and gave me tonight it was really nerve wracking, I never expected this I knew it was going to be big but still it was ram-packed and I really appreciate you guys coming out and supporting me, I really appreciate that." 3. (SOUNDBITE)(English) USAIN BOLT SAYING: "There's no words, know what I mean? From world juniors the support that I've been getting from Jamaica I never thought I would reach this height in track and field, my only aim was to be a 200 metre Olympic champion, that was my aim until I've done what I've done and being a (unknown) legend for me is something big and I wouldn't have done it without the support of my parents, my close friends, my best friend NJ (Nugent Walker), I've really gotten your support from everybody and the fans of Jamaica really came out and support me and I want to thank you guys, I never expected this, thank you for coming out and thank you for showing the support that I've always expect and respect from you guys, thank you very much." 4. LONG DISTANCE RUNNER MO FARAH TALKING TO REPORTER 5. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MO FARAH SAYING: "Yeah that was amazing, you know his great legacy he's done for the sport and as an athlete, you know someone we looked up to whose a role model, we're gonna miss him!" 6. MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNER DAVID RUDISHA SPEAKING TO REPORTERS 7. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DAVID RUDISHA SAYING: "Well we are very grateful, Usain is a legend, he's a great athlete and we loved him and we're gonna miss him you know in track and field but we wish him well as he retires." STORY: An emotional Usain Bolt recovered from a moderate start to win his final 100 metres sprint on home soil, clocking 10.03 seconds at the 2nd Racers Grand Prix in Kingston on Saturday. The multiple Olympic and world gold medallist, who will retire after August's world championships in London, confessed to being a nervous wreck before running his last race on Jamaican soil. "I don't think I've ever been that nervous running a 100m," Bolt said after a lap of honor before a packed stadium, including International Association of Athletics Federations President Sebastian Coe and the top brass of Jamaican politics including Prime Minister Andrew Holness. "Just the atmosphere and the people, the support they came out and give me tonight, it was really nerve racking. I never expected this, I knew it was going to be big, the stadium was ram packed so thank you guys for coming out and supporting me." Running from lane five, Bolt took control of the race before the halfway mark and pulled away to the delight of more than 30,000 spectators. The double sprint world record holder, who has amassed eight Olympic golds and 13 world championship medals, will make his final bow in August in the British capital, where he will only run the shorter sprint despite having a wildcard for the 200m. David Rudisha, the reigning Olympic and world championship winner in 800m, posted a season-best one minute 44.90 seconds but was caught and passed by his little known fellow Kenyan Willy Tarbei, who won in one minute 44.86 seconds. British multiple Olympic and world championship gold medallist Mo Farah clocked seven minutes 41.20 seconds to land the 3,000 ahead of Australian Patrick Tierman and Jamaica's Kemoy Campbell.

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Emotional Bolt runs his final race in Jamaica

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 01:27