Usain Bolt Says Breaking Records Not a Priority

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"Great personalities like Usain Bolt. make people want to see what else Jamaica has to offer, so he literally opens doors for Jamaica to the rest of the world".

Bolt's place in the pantheon of track and field has attracted a stellar field to the National Stadium, where, a month shy of 15 years ago, he first signalled his talent by winning world junior gold in the 200 metres.

Bolt said he has not made any definitive plans for post-retirement career, but said Mills, who is head coach of the club, wants him to be involved in coaching after he quits the sport.

Morgan said he is anxious about the future of athletics after Bolt retires following the London World Championships because the sport will lose its biggest draw.

"He's an awesome treasure for Jamaica, not just as an amazingly successful sprinter and the fastest man in the world but as a human being with his contribution to his country".

The 30-year-old Bolt exploded out of the blocks and cruised to victory in a time of 10.03, well below his world record time but good enough to beat a solid field that included runner-up Javaughn Minzie of Jamaica.

Bolt will race against fellow Olympic teammates Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Nickel Ashmead.




"The fans in Jamaica know that when I show up I always show up at my best", the 11-time world champion said.

Middle distance king Mo Farah, a double Olympic gold medallist in the 5000m and 10,000m, is among those that will be in action, along with American dual Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor. I must say it was ok. "Every athlete that runs fast will tell you that".

Saturday's race will be a ceremonial one for Bolt.

'I just want to focus on my national record before I can start to think about world record.

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. "But it is just to go out in all the glory I can". I never expected this.

"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".

Felix added that Bolt had changed athletics "in such a great way".

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