ESPN:-Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt returned to where it all began for him, as an eight-foot bronze statue of the sprinter was unveiled at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston.
As reported by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) website, Bolt said:
“Never did I feel that I would be in this moment, as big as it is now, among statues at the National Stadium where it all began. This is why I always encourage everybody. Anything is possible, no limits. Because at no point in time did I ever think I would achieve this much, but I’ve always pushed on and stayed focused for what I want.”
IAAF President Sebastian Coe spoke via a video message and described the impact and legacy Bolt has left on athletics.
Coe said: “Usain has changed the face of our sport. His has been an extraordinary career which has exemplified competitive excellence, extraordinary character, good sportsmanship and professionalism.
“Behind every great athlete is a great coach, and we are particularly proud that Glen Mills, who guided Usain’s career, has been a part of the IAAF family since 2006, helping us understand and promote the status of coaching.
“Usain may have left the track but I know he will never leave the sport and we look forward to working closely with him on the next part of his journey in the greatest sport on the planet,” added Coe.
Bolt is the only sprinter to win the 100m and 200m at three consecutive Olympics, and also won three 4x100m relay gold medals, although the medal from the 2008 Games was lost following Nesta Carter’s ban earlier this year for a doping violation.
After completing the ‘triple triple’ at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, sadly Bolt pulled up injured in the 4x100m relay, having finished third in the 100m.