Usain Bolt Runs 10.03 in His Final Race in Jamaica, Wayde van Niekerk Gets World Leader (19.84) as David Rudisha Gets Beat

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by LetsRun.com
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
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    Name                    Year Team                    Finals  Wind Points
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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.

Full results here.

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.


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