Bolt wins final 100 meters race on home soil

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Bolt, who was a few weeks ago named the seventh most popular athlete in the world by ESPN, said he has not yet decided in what role, but he will be involved in the club in some way.

On Saturday Bolt was determined to put on a spectacle as he won the 100 metre "Salute to a Legend" race in front of a raucous crowd of 30,000 on the same track where he launched his global career in 2002.

As the reigning world 100m and 200m champion from Beijing two years ago, Bolt will be able to skip the June 22-25 Jamaican trials for the August 5-13 world championships in London, where he will bring down the curtain on his career.

Usain Bolt's value to Jamaica over the last decade has gone far beyond just winning medals on the track, the island's leading athletes and politicians said, as the sprint king prepares for his final race on home soil this week.

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Bolt was joined on the podium at the news conference by six other track stars, including British distance runner Mo Farah, six-time Olympic gold medal victor Allyson Felix and world and Olympic 400 metre champion Wayde van Niekerk.

Bolt ran in front of a sea of green and yellow clad Jamaican fans who showed their pride by dancing, waving flags and blowing vuvuzela horns while fireworks lit the sky.

According to the provisional start list, the men's "salute to a legend" 100m field will feature Bolt, fellow Jamaicans Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Jevaughn Minzie and Nickel Ashmeade, along with Gittens and Antiguan Daniel Bailey. "I knew it was going to be big but the stadium was jam-packed with people supporting me I appreciate that", he said. I never expected this.

"I feel like I have a great chance in both events - 100 or 200", De Grasse said.

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Saturday's race will be a ceremonial one for Bolt. "He has served the sport well and the sport has served him well and we'll miss him".

"My execution was bad and my start was poor", he said of Saturday's race. "If I can execute my race and I'm in top shape I feel like I can do that". Bolt's time would have placed him third in Blake's heat.

"I am happy for him, he can go out on top because not everyone can go out on their own terms", said Felix, a six-time Olympic gold medal victor.

A "who's who" of modern track greats, including world record holders Wayde Van Niekerk and David Rudisha and double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah, will be among those participating in the meet.

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