Salute to legend
Britain’s Mo Farah, Kenya’s David Rudisha and South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk are among the athletes who will compete in the Racers Track Club Grand Prix – also dubbed “Salute to a legend” – on June 10, the final Jamaican competition for superstar Usain Bolt, organizers said on Friday.
The 3 are part of a star-studded international athletics field who will join the retiring Bolt for the meeting at Kingston’s National Stadium.
Farah is the most successful British athlete in modern Olympic Games history, having won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Games.
Rudisha is the reigning 800m Olympic champion, while van Niekerk is the reigning 400m Olympic champion and world record holder.
Last competition on home soil
“It will be my last competition on home soil. I might shed a tear even though I am not an emotional person as I close out where it started on Jamaican soil,” said Bolt of the event.
Bolt – the reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion announced earlier that he was unlikely to compete in the upcoming IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas slated for April 22-23.
As the reigning world sprint champ, Bolt qualifies automatically for the World Championships in London and will not take part at the Jamaican Championships qualifying event in June.
The 30-year-old is busy training for the final few months of his career, which will end with his retirement after the World Championships.
Bolt successfully defended his Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m crowns at last year’s Rio Games.
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