June 10, 2017
Usain Bolt put on a tremendous spectacle on and off the track at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston, his final race in Jamaica, as he starts to wind down his career prior to the World Championships in London this year where he will run the 100m.
The stars were out in force for Bolt’s farewell race in Jamaica as Allyson Felix, Mo Farah, David Rudisha and others raced with Seb Coe and the Jamaican prime minister in attendance.
The final race, which was followed by a concert and fireworks, was Usain Bolt making his 2017 100m debut in what was essentially a “B” race.
Watch video of it below.
Bolt got “the win” in 10.03.
We say go “the win” as things were choreographed a bit. The biggest threats to Bolt all ran in a different 100 earlier in the meet. Yohan Blake had the fastest time of the day – 9.97.
Event 22 Men 100 Meter Dash SALUTE THE L ============================================================================ Name Year Team Finals Wind Points ============================================================================ Finals 1 Bolt, Usain Jamaica 10.03 0.2 2 Minzie, Jevaughn Jamaica 10.15 0.2 3 Ashmeade, Nickel Jamaica 10.18 0.2 4 Gittens, Ramon Barbados 10.24 0.2 4 Bailey, Daniel Antigua 10.24 0.2 6 Rodgers, Jason St. Kitts& Nevis 10.29 0.2 7 Cotton, Terrel USA 10.31 0.2
Event 2 Men 100 Meter Dash ============================================================================ Name Year Team Finals Wind Points ============================================================================ Finals 1 Blake, Yohan Jamaica 9.97 0.6 2 Simbine, Akani South Africa 10.00 0.6 3 Bleman, Keston Trinidad& Tobago 10.22 0.6 4 Bailey-Cole, Kemar Jamaica 10.23 0.6 5 Callendar, Emmanuel Trinidad& Tobago 10.25 0.6 6 Hinds, Chadwick Jamaica 10.28 0.6 7 Adams, Antonie St. Kitts& Nevis 10.43 0.6 8 Robinson, Bryce USA 10.58 0.6
Bolt afterwards said, “I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous.” He said he wasn’t too pleased with his race, but didn’t have too high of expectations in his first race of the year.
The performance of the night was by Wayde van Niekerk, the heir to Bolt, who won the 200 in a personal best and world-leading 19.84.
In other action, almost all of the other stars who showed up to support Bolt won with Christian Taylor in the triple jump, Allyson Felix in the 400 (50.52), Mo Farah in the 3000 (7:41 over Pat Tiernan and Kemoy Campbell), Jenna Prandini in the 200 (22.57), and Ryan Whiting in the shot put (21.11) all won. The exception was David Rudisha, who was passed on the inside just before the line by former World Youth champ Willy Tarbei, who edged Rudisha 1:44.86 to 1:44.90.
Afterwards Bolt danced and sang for the crowd. This thing should have been on TV in the States. A great spectacle, which is what we expect with Usain Bolt.