Athletics: Bolt confirms final race in Jamaica

Aisha John-Mark with agency report

Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt is set to skip next year’s Jamaica Trials, saying his final race on home soil will be the Racers Grand Prix.

Bolt, who maintains that the London 2017 World Championships will be his last international appearance, made the disclosure on Friday, October 14.

“The Racers Grand Prix will be my last race in Jamaica people, it will be the last time I run in Jamaica,” Bolt said.

The 2017 Racers Grand Prix is likely to be held in the second week of June.

Bolt will be chasing his fourth sprint double title at London 2017, set for August 4-13 in the Olympic Stadium.

“Yes I am definitely going to retire after the World Championships in London, that will be my last one,” said Bolt.

He has won 11 World Championships gold medals, among them seven individual medals.

Bolt came into prominence after he won the gold medal in both the 100 and 200m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and since then has grabbed global stardom due to his exploits on the race track as well as his attitude off it.

The Jamaican is coming off a successful 2016 Rio Olympics where he became the first athlete in history to claim three consecutive gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4X100m relay events. An eleven-time World Champion, his achievements on the track earned him the nickname “Lightning Bolt”.

He has been feted for his achievements the world over, winning the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) award a record five-times and the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year thrice.