Olympic legend Usain Bolt raced competitively in his native Jamaica for the last time, picking up 100 metres victory at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston.
The event was dubbed ‘Salute to a Legend’ as the eight-time Olympic gold medallist and world-record holder bade farewell to his compatriots on the track.
Naturally, Bolt won — and in typical style too, bursting clear in the race’s final phase — crossing the line in 10.03 seconds, as fireworks greeted the sprinters at the finish.
The 30-year-old will retire after this year’s World Championships, looking to swell his collection of 11 gold medals.
Usain Bolt does his signature pose for last time as a competitor in Jamaica. Your legacy will be in our hearts forever. pic.twitter.com/rGLLG9TeSV
— Team Jamaica (@JamaicaOlympics) June 11, 2017
Fellow athletes David Rudisha and Mo Farah were there to celebrate with Bolt — Farah won the 3000m event — and Bolt was in a reflective mood after his victory, which follows the death of his close friend, former Team GB sprinter Germaine Mason.
He is quoted by the Jamaica Gleaner: “After my friend’s death it was really hard for me, I have never been through something like this.
“I had to take some time but I knew what I had to do and I knew Germaine would want me to do this. This was special.
“There are no words, from World Juniors the support that I have been getting from Jamaica has been remarkable.
“I could not have done this without my parents, my friends, my best friend NJ, I want to thank Jamaica, I never expected this.
“It’s big to see everybody turn out, it shows that they appreciated what I did and it was a honour for me.”
Thank you Jamaica
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) June 11, 2017