Bolt's Jamaica & GB through to 4x100m relay final

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Bolt's love for Cricket is well publicised but few know that Bolt isn't that shabby on the Cricket field.

The New York Times reminded the mortal side of the peerless Bolt, as they went on to capture and dissect the details of sprinter's facial contortions.

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Bolt's athleticism was way ahead of its time. He did it effortlessly that even though he had a slow start, one would be a fool to count him out. That was at the IAAF World Championships in Tokyo way back in 1991. Everyone expected a spectacular race.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist finished third in a photo finish to runner-up Christian Coleman, and Gatlin on August 5 at London Stadium, site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Seeing Bolt beaten in his retirement run was a shock, but it also should have been a moment to be celebrated. Bolt could outrun every man on this planet but he cannot defeat Father Time.

Experienced Yohan Blake, who finished fourth in the men's 100m final and failed to qualify for the final round in 200m, did not start in the heats but Bolt later said that he will return in the final race. We don't know what it is, but maybe his own words sum up why we like Usain Bolt the best, "Manners is the key thing".

On the last day of his worldwide career, fans jostled for space to have a glimpse of Bolt at the warm-up arena, adjacent to the stadium and television cameras were fixed at him to have a shot of the towering Jamaican. "I lost the race to a great competitor". Gatlin did not let the jeers of the London crowd move him at all, saying "I tuned it out through the rounds and stayed the course".

But Minichiello also said it was fairly typical to see "a dip in performances a year after the Olympics". Being the poster boy of sprinting clearly has its perks. "Over the years, this will be the team bringing in the golds".

The $34.2 million for 2017 tracks slightly higher than 2016, when Forbes pegged Bolt's earnings at $32.5 million. The amount could have been bigger had he raced more in 2017. Although it could not be a ideal finish, he finished 3rd in a race that would be remembered for years to come. All in all, his career earnings estimate is at £47 million. The fastest man on earth has made sprinting fun, entertaining and lovely.

His legendary achievements were well recognized by the sports world as he was named IAAF Athlete of The Year six times and was a four-time Laureus Awards victor. Asafa Powell, once a world 100 metres record holder, was banned for 18 months in 2014. Bolt managed to do it nine times in his career. That he's the world champion today is an undeniable testament to his (natural) talent and hard work.

Gatlin, who actually trailed Bolt at the halfway point, heard boos cascade loudly across the stadium when his winning time, 9.92 seconds, popped up on the scoreboard. Sadly though, he was stripped of one his Olympic gold medals after teammate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

His entire career is a celebration itself. His charisma is one-of-a-kind and his legacy will forever be intact in a sport he forever changed for the better.

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