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Exclusive: Usain Bolt speaks with 'The Voice'

LIGHTNING STRIKES: Bolt, as ever, ahead of the pack

APPROACHING THE last round of races in his professional career Usain Bolt still hails his World Junior Championship win aged 15 years-old in front of his home crowd in Jamaica as one of the pivotal and most memorable moments in his career. It was the moment that kick started the road towards greatness from which he has never shied away.

While it would be near impossible to single out any one particular moment as his stand-out memory, alongside his 2002 win Bolt said:

“Beijing Olympics 2008 when I won my first set of Olympic medals and Rio Olympic achieving my triple triple...”

LEGACY

His legacy on the track secure then, how did Bolt feel about the positive light he’d managed to shine on his country during his career and closer to home, how good did it feel to ensure the world knew about his humble beginnings at Racers Track Club, where things really got going for the sprinter?

Bolt, the world’s fastest man, and his coach Glen Mills, will be centre of attention again on July 16. The pair will be special guests at a charity dinner and auction for their Racers Track Club to support the ongoing development of athletics in Jamaica. July’s event in central London will be hosted by The Voice and the Jamaica National Group.


DREAM TEAM: From left - Usain Bolt with his coach Glen Mills

“I feel blessed that I was able to achieve my goals as athlete and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life,” Bolt said.

He added:

“[It’s] very satisfying especially since we are coming from humble beginnings. Racers Track club is integral to my track and field success. Training is very important in order to be successful and we have a solid institution to ensure the continued development of track and field in Jamaica.”

Crucial to the development of Bolt over the last 15 years has been coach Glen Mills. Bolt says without Mills in his corner things could have been very different.

THANKFUL

“Coach is a father figure and best friend to me. He’s more than coach and I’m very grateful he’s in my life. He’s taught me more than just about track and I will forever be thankful.”

You might have thought Bolt would have listed the 100 and 200m world records he set at the 2009 Berlin World Championships as a highlight in his career and while he forgot to mention it in his memorable moments, he said:


PRIME TIME: The sprint ace with Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness

“Running those world records is major highlight of my career and I will never forget those moments.”

With the World Championships in London later this year providing the backdrop for his swansong, is he looking forward to the occasion and how is training going?

“London is my second home when it comes to track and field. I trained in summer time there,” he enthused.

He added:

“My training been going well so far and coach is happy with my progress.”

PROVE

No one expects Bolt to be in 2009 shape when he gets to the start line for his final races in London and for all intents and purposes where he finishes doesn’t really matter, he has nothing left to prove. It will be a love fest for Bolt, a farewell of farewells. There’s a love for him that few sports men or women get to experience in their career. It’s a love he never did quite get used to.

He said:

“I feel very appreciated and honestly you can never get used to such a feeling. I have worked hard to be who I am today and it’s a good feeling receiving all this love. I love competing. I will miss competing and performing for the fans.”

So what’s next, what does the fastest ever human in history do after the spikes are hung up? We know the motto, ‘anything is possible’.

“As you correctly said anything is possible and I don’t think limits so just look out,” Bolt said.

Don’t blink - you might miss it.

To attend the Racers Track Club charity dinner and auction on 16 July, email: corporateaffairs@thevoicemediagroup.co.uk.

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