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Bolt's big first in 2017

Published:Saturday | January 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer
Usain Bolt with his 100 metres bronze medal at last year's IAAF World Championships in London.

Nominated once again for the RJRGLEANER National Sportsman of the Year Award, he has won seven times in the past, world 100 and 200 metres record holder Usain Bolt bolstered his position as the finest sprinter in history during 2017.

His bronze medal in the World Championships 100 metres final made him the first man to reach the podium in the IAAF flagship event in four consecutive renewals. That achievement broke a tie with fellow three-time World 100 metres champion Carl Lewis of the United States.

He leaves the sport with 14 IAAF World Championships medals, 11 of them golden.

In his last season as a track and field athlete, Bolt won at the Racers Grand Prix, in Ostrava and at the Brussels Diamond League meet where he clocked 9.95 seconds. As has become his custom, he equalled his fastest time of the season in the biggest meet of the year, the World Championships. His time of 9.95 in the final matched his time in Brussels and upped his career total of sub-10 second 100 metre times to 52.

Only Asafa Powell has broken that barrier more often.

In addition, Bolt anchored the national 4x100 metre relay in the IAAF World Championship heats to a winning time of 37.95 seconds. It was the fastest Jamaican run of 2017.

Speaking to STAR Sports recently, the king of sprinters expressed surprise at being nominated again.

"It is a surprise, but it also feels good to be nominated," said Bolt. "I said last year that I really put out my all, but it didn't work out the way I wanted it to. I worked hard and I pushed myself and I am very happy about that," he added.