Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Usain Bolt wins 100 meters at Golden Spike meet

Usain Bolt wins 100 meters at Golden Spike meet

Usain Bolt started the European leg of his final season before retirement with a victory in the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meeting on Wednesday.

Usain Bolt (C) of Jamaica reacts after winning his final race in home country during the Racers Grand Prix at the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, on June 10, 2017.

He is the most successful man in the history of the championships with 13 world medals - 11 gold - and can surpass the 14 his Jamaican compatriot Merlene Ottey won to become the most decorated athlete at the event.

But Bolt confirmed he would not run the 200 meter event in London and said he had no regrets about stepping aside as his glittering career winds down.

Bolt is the first man to have won the 100m and 200m in record times and the Jamaican also defended the pair of individual titles he won in Beijing 2008 at the following two Olympics. "One meet I was always going to come to was Ostrava", he said.

"Right now personally, I'm just focused on getting through the season".

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"The fact that I know it's that last time it will be emotional, just seeing it and feeling, being around people and athletes, sitting in the meal room around everybody, joking and laughing about old times, it'll be emotional".

"I love this crowd's high energy". I'll try and give you a show.

The Jamaican has previously noted that he will retire after the World Athletics championship in London but he has now hinted he may race again after the August Championship.

Speaking earlier this week, Bolt revealed that he had been talking to his coach about whether to end the "emotional" season in the British capital.

"For sure I won't be running the 200m" at the worlds, he said. That is not to say the meet has not attracted other stars, although there is a dearth of United States and Jamaican athletes. I'll be fine. No worries, when I get checked out by my doctor and the coach is giving me some training, I'll be fine'.

He is seen by many as the heir apparent to Bolt's throne as the sport's top star, and will gauge his form over the rarely-run 300m distance a week after he lowered his 100m career best to 9.94.

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