Bolt treasured by Jamaicans not only for his speed

Bolt treasured by Jamaicans not only for his speed

Van Niekerk will be running in the 200m, while Simbine has been named in the "international" 100m line-up on the provisional starting list compared to Bolt, who will have a number of Jamaicans in his "Salute to a Legend" 100m race.

"I am happy for him, he can go out on top because not everyone can go out on their own terms", said Felix, a six-time Olympic gold medal victor.

"I've said it over the years, politics is not me", Bolt said.

The world's fastest man is set to retire from professional competition this summer and will turn his attention to promoting the game of poker to an global audience alongside U.S. comedian Kevin Hart, who joined the PokerStars roster in May.

"For me it will just be a joy", the world s fastest man told AFP on Thursday.

The 30-year-old Bolt leaped out of the blocks and cruised to victory in a time of 10.03, well below his world record time but good enough to beat a solid field.

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Bolt will race against fellow Olympic teammates Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Nickel Ashmead.

Mason was born in Jamaica and trained with the Stephen Francis-coached MVP Track Club before switching allegiance to Great Britain in 2006. "I knew it was going to be big but the stadium was jam-packed with people supporting me I appreciate that", he said. I'm home, the amount of people that called me to get tickets (he laughs), I know the stadium's gonna be full, so I know it's gonna be high energy, and I know it's gonna be just one big party.

Multiple Olympic and world gold medallist Bolt, who seems to have moved past his earlier desire to play professional soccer, said he would miss competing, but not the hard training.

He ran 19.90 on April 22 and is the joint-second fastest over the 200m this year.

"I would love to see him take interest in the sport itself from the leadership, governance and administrative point of view". I'm just going out there with an open mind. "I just wanted to be like them".

"Usain's accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary and we are always delighted to leverage our platforms to give his fans the opportunity to watch him in action". At the start it really took us by surprise and it kind of set me back a bit training-wise, because mentally I wasn't ready to even train for two weeks or two and a half weeks.

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