Bolt surprised by RJRGLEANER Sportsman Award nomination

January 05, 2018
Usain Bolt speaks at the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run Launch held at Spanish Court in Kingston yesterday.

Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt said that he is very shocked that he has been nominated for this year's RJRGleaner Sports Foundation National Sportsman of The Year award, which will be held on January 19 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.

Bolt retired from athletics following his disappointing showing at last World Championships in London, where he finished third in the final of the men's 100m.

He also pulled up on the final leg of Jamaica's 4x100m relay final.

The 31-year-old Bolt, who is tied with boxer Michael McCallum for the most Sportsman of the Year awards, on seven, told Star Sports that it feels good to be nominated again this year.

"It is a surprise, but it also feels good to be nominated," said Bolt. "I have said last year that I really put out my all, but it didn't work out the way I wanted it to. I worked hard and I pushed myself and I am very happy about that," he said.

Bolt also said that he would be very delighted if he wins this year's award. "I am a record-breaking person and so I just hope for the best," Bolt said.

 

SPONSORSHIP WORK

 

He added that since his retirement from the sport, he has been busy doing a lot of sponsorship work.

"I am just focusing on the sponsorship work and charity work because right now I am doing charity with Sagicor and that is my focus right now. So I am not worried about anything else," Bolt said.

Bolt will be going up against Omar McLeod, the 2017 World Championships 110m hurdles champion, along with cricketers Chris Gayle, Nikita Miller, and Chadwick Walton; Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Andre Blake; and squash star Christopher Binnie for this year's award.

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