Usain Bolt after competing in Jamaica for the final time.
Usain Bolt after competing in Jamaica for the final time. Rudolph Brown

Emotional Bolt wins final 100m race on home soil

USAIN Bolt's final 100 metre race in his native Jamaica has ended in predictable fashion, even though the multi-Olympic champion admitted to being a nervous wreck.

About 30,000 people turned up to see the Jamaican superstar in the the JN Racers Grand Prix race, including IAAF President Sebastian Coe and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Bolt, who will retire after the world championships in August in London, took control of the race before the halfway mark and pulled away to the delight of the huge crowd in an event titled 'Salute to a legend'.

"The run, it was just OK. I don't think I've ever been that nervous running a 100m," Bolt said after a lap of honour highlighted by a fireworks display.

"I think that was possibly one of my worst races. My execution was poor, my start was poor as always. I think in the last bit I lost it a little.

"But I didn't expect anything spectacular ... my first race since January when I ran a 150m and some relays in Australia so I just wanted to stay injury free, put on a show for the crowd and shown them I'm thankful for the support over the years.

"Just the atmosphere and the people, the support they came out and give me tonight, it was really nerve-racking."

News Corp Australia


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