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View From 'The Voice': We salute Bolt and Farah

TWO OF A KIND: Sir Mo Farah, left, with the Hon. Usain Bolt OJ at the 2012 Olympics

THIS WEEKEND, Sir Mo Farah and Usain Bolt, two of the greatest track and field athletes of all time are set to hang-up their spikes.

The world will get a chance to see Bolt run competitively for one last time as he lines up for Jamaica in the 4x100 metres relay event at the IAAF World Athletics championships in London.
If he leads the team to victory, it will cap a sensational professional career which has pushed him into the realms of sporting history. He can easily walk away with the title as the greatest sprinter of all time.

He will retire with a haul of eight Olympic Gold medals from three consecutive Olympic Games, an eleven-time world champion and three world records, one of which might never be broken in our life time, the 100 metres record of 9.58.

He also accomplished a record no other sprinter has ever done, winning 100 metres and 200 metres Olympic titles at three consecutive games, a feat referred to as the ‘the triple double’. And despite finishing third in his final World Championships 100 metres last Saturday, his achievements as a sprinter have been unsurpassed.

Bolt has left the world of athletics with an amazing legacy and his country Jamaica can be proud that once again it has given the world a superstar, just like it did when Bob Marley’s music became a global phenomenon.

As for Sir Mo, it’s easy to see why he has been described as one of Britain’s national treasures. It is not easy for the average person to understand just how much work he has to put in and the kind of mileage he has to clock up in successive training sessions to achieve the kind of brilliant performances he produces at major championships.

His early childhood experience of poverty in Somalia has contributed to his unfaltering work ethic.

Mo is amongst a handful of athletes to achieve the ‘double –double’ where both the 5,000m and 10,000m titles are retained at successive Olympic Games.

It will probably be some time before we see the likes of Farah and Bolt again on the international stage.

The Voice joins others as we salute the Hon. Usain Bolt OJ and Sir Mo Farah, living legends, and thank them for all the great memories they have provided on the track and the inspiration that they leave for all to cherish.

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