Nige­rian fans say Bolt still world’s great­est ath­lete as he re­tires

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Although Ja­maica’s Usain Bolt could not win his last 100m of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) World Cham­pi­onships, some Nige­rian ath­let­ics en­thu­si­asts say he re­mains the world’s great­est ath­lete.

The News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) re­ports that Justin Gatlin won the Lon­don IAAF World Cham­pi­onships’ 100m with a time of 9:92secs ahead of Chris­tian Cole­man re­turned 9:94secs for the sec­ond po­si­tion, while Bolt re­turned 9:95secs.

Bolt, who bows out at the cham­pi­onships which be­gan on Aug.4 and ends on Aug.13, had his Nige­rian fans show­ing their re­spect on the so­cial me­dia plat­forms for hav­ing scin­til­lated the world for 12 years.

Tony Urhobo, a former Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion of Nige­ria (AFN) Pres­i­dent, in his re­ac­tion de­scribed Bolt as a “’true gla­di­a­tor’’ whose mem­ory would linger in the hearts of many fans.

“Still, I hail the great big man who has thrilled us for over 12 years with scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mances on the track. He has been a beauty to watch, a true gla­di­a­tor.

“He has re-de­fined the Track game in many as­pects and in many ways. I am cer­tain he will con­tinue to be un­der-stud­ied as a re­search sub­ject for years to come.”

Sa­heed Ak­in­pelu, also an ath­let­ics coach, said on his Face­book page to con­grat­u­late Bolt: “He will al­ways earn re­spect even af­ter re­tire­ment’’.

Di­vine Oduduru, a five-time African Ju­nior Cham­pion, who adores Bolt took to his Face­book say­ing: “A big con­grat­u­la­tions to you, no mat­ter what, you are my hero.

“The king of track, you ended well,’’ said Oduduru who ran along­side Bolt in the 200m semi­fi­nals of the 2016 Rio Olympics.” (NAN)

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