Salute to a legend tonight - Bolt says goodbye on Jamaican soil

June 10, 2017
Mo Farah smiles at Thursday's press conference. In the background Christian Taylor of the USA.
Usain Bolt (left) and Allyson Felix at the Racers Grand Prix press conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Thursday.
David Rudisha and Sally Pearson at the Racers Grand Prix press briefing held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Thursday.

ALL roads will lead to the National Stadium this afternoon in what is anticipated to be an emotional moment as the world's greatest athlete, Usain Bolt, makes his final run on local soil.

When Bolt completes the final event, the men's 100m at the second JN Racers Grand Prix Meet, it will be the final race he will run in Jamaica before his retirement from track and field, scheduled for after August's World Championships.

A jam-packed Stadium is expected with the meet laced with several international stars who are at the top of the world in their respective events.

"I just want to go out there for the final time and put on a show for my fans in my final race. It is not about setting records but just to go out there and continue winning," Bolt said at a press conference on Thursday.

He will race in the men's 100m against Nickel Ashmeade, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Jevaughn Minzie, and Daniel Bailey of Antigua.

The other men's 100m will feature Yohan Blake, and includes Akani Simbine of South Africa, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender of Trinidad and Tobago, and Antone Adams of St. Kitts.

The men's 200m will feature new world 400 metre record holder Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa against Rasheed Dwyer, Great Britain's Zharnel Hughes, Jamaican Nigel Ellis and Warren Weir.

There will be big international flavour in the men' s 800m and 3000 metres where the best in the world in these events will be on show.

David Rudisha of Kenya will lead the way on the 800metres along with his teammates, Willy Tarbei and Edwin Melly.

In the 3000 metres, the incomparable, Mo Farah of Great Britain is set to dazzle the coals with top class long distance running .


National champion


Following his good run at the JII Meet, Jaheel Hyde will get another chance to do well on local soil when he competes in a very tough 400 metres hurdles.

He will have the likes of national champion, Roxroy Cato, the USA duo of Quincy Downing and Johnny Dutch along with veteran, Javier Culson of Puerto Rico in his field.

World champion, Danielle Williams will be hoping to go all the way in the women's 100 metres hurdles and improve on her third place finish at the JII Meet when she faces another formidable field led by the veteran and former world record holder, Sally Pearson of Australia.

In the field, the United States' Christian Taylor will be aiming for another 18m mark in the triple jump, following his great form at the recent Diamond League in Eugene.

Allyson Felix is a late addition to the 200m against her countrywoman Jenny Prandini and Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas.

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