Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Athletics: Bolt pays homage to Mennea


Rome, June 4 - The world's fastest man Usain Bolt
on Tuesday paid tribute to late Italian sprinter Pietro Mennea
before Thursday's Golden Gala, which will be devoted to the
former Olympic champion.
Mennea, who won the 200 metres - Bolt's favourite event -
at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and held the world record for the
event for 17 years, lost a long battle with cancer in March at
the age of 60.
"I'm very pleased to participate in this Golden Gala
dedicated to Mennea," Bolt told a press conference ahead of
Thursday's meeting, which is part of the IAAF Diamond League.
"Sports personalities bring honour on their countries,
especially when they are great, and it's fantastic that Italy is
honouring an athlete who gave it lustre.
"I hope that when I retire, I'll be honoured by my Jamaican
friends like you are doing now".
Bolt, 26, has six Olympic sprint gold medals after
winning the 100m and the 200m in Beijing in 2008 and in London
last year and helping Jamaica win the 4x100m relay at both
He is also the world record holder for the 100m and 200m.
Bolt is taking part in the Golden Gala for the third time.
Both of his previous visits to the Golden Gala were
In 2011 he won the 100m with a time of 9.91 seconds and
last year he wowed the crowd by coming home in 9.76.
Bolt's 100m world record is 9.58, which he set when he won
gold at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, where he also
set a new best of 19.19 in the 200m.
On Thursday he will take on a 100m featuring America's
Olympic bronze medallist Justin Gatlin, former US champion Mike
Rodgers, 2008 Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson of
Trinidad and Tobago and 2005 world championship silver medallist
Michael Frater of Jamaica.

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