Take your time De Grasse, warns Bolt

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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Ever since his exploits at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Usain Bolt has been a marked man.

His fantastic performances at those games saw him gain three gold medals, two individual and one in the sprint relay. His stunning time of 9.69secs in the 100m was then a new world record which was followed up by another world record, this time in the 200m a few days later when he stopped the clock at 19.30secs.

Now on the brink of retirement, the man who has gone on to win triple gold medals at the Olympic Games in London, England in 2012 and Rio de Janiero, Brazil, in 2016 had a stern warning for his latest challenger, young Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse and all other would-be challengers, to his mighty throne.

“Over the years I have always tried to be diplomatic about how I answer a lot questions, but what bothers me the most is when an athlete is coming up through the ranks and they get to a certain level they always want to beat me, I don't know why.

“I always tell the younger athletes at Racers Track Club — you have to take a step at a time, when you are climbing a ladder you have to take your time and work your way up to the top. So all I have to say to (Andre) De Grasse is take your time and work your way up to the top.”

Bolt, who was fielding questions at a press conference for the Racers Grand Prix Meet at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Thursday also told the audience that he has no interest in politics despite the offer from the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness.

“Politics is not for me,” he clearly stated. “Even when you guys ask me questions I have always tried to stay away from politics because it's a tricky thing.”

Goaded by a number of people in the audience, Bolt kept shaking his head when the question of a reversal on his decision to retire came up. The 30-year-old did suggest however, that he would be playing a key role in the continued success and development of the Racers Track Club where he honed his skills and fashioned a most amazing career in track and field.

“I promised him that I will try to be a part of Racers as much as possible. He (Glen Mills) wants me to take over but I don't think that will happen, but I'll definitely try to assist as much as possible because I love Racers and I love my coach very much, so I will definitely be a part of it,” he said.

Bolt will make his final appearance in a competitive race in Jamaica tonight at the second staging of the JN Racers Grand Prix and his final appearance at a competitive global event at the World Championships in London in August.

— Dwayne Richards




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