'Nervous' Usain Bolt cruises to victory in final race on home soil

De Grasse says he has 'great chance' to beat Bolt in August

The reigning Olympic and World champion in the 100 metres and 200 metres will run his last race on Jamaican soil at the second annual Racers Grand Prix on Saturday at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Organizers say the eight-time Olympic champion will run on June 28.

"When he won the double sprint gold medals in Beijing 2008 and then added the sprint relay gold also in record time, it had an effect right across the spectrum in Jamaica because all the high schools reported that the number of athletes coming out to train to make their school teams for Boys and Girls Championship doubled". "I kind of stopped training for awhile after my friend died", Bolt said. "I don't think I've ever been that nervous running a 100m", he said. "I enjoy just playing with the crowd, feeling the energy and just competing in front of them. that's what I'm going to miss about track and field".

Bolt will race for the ninth time at the meet, part of the IAAF world challenge series, as part of his preparations for the world championships in London in August. "From world juniors to now I have always been getting great support from Jamaica".

“If I can execute my race and Im in top shape I feel like I can do that.”.

Bolt knows that every young sprinter s dream is to knock off the Jamaican speedster.

"Over years I have tried to be diplomatic", Bolt said.




Twelve years of hard work have brought Bolt the level of supremacy and excellence he has achieved, Glen Mills, his coach since 2005, told Reuters.

"I would love to see him take interest in the sport itself from the leadership, governance and administrative point of view". "But it is just to go out in all the glory I can".

American Allyson Felix leads the line-up in the women's 400m, with teammate Courtney Okolo and Jamaica's Olympic medallist Sherika Jackson and young Tiffany James entered in the event as well.

"We were chatting (about retirement) as we were sitting up there".

"He has already done so much and he deserves to be able to enjoy himself and not have to go through the gruelling training".

"Usain's accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary and we are always delighted to leverage our platforms to give his fans the opportunity to watch him in action".

American Olympic gold medal victor Allyson Felix captured the women's 400 metres by finishing in a time of 50.52.

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