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Spectator Bolt happy to provide inspiration

Sports | Apr 13, 2018
Usain Bolt sometimes still can't quite believe what he achieved in his career but back at the Commonwealth Games as a spectator, the sprint king was happy to avoid the perspiration and just act as an inspiration to others.

A relay gold medalist at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, the Jamaican said he was busier than ever after last year's retirement.

The 31-year-old's jet-set lifestyle left him little time for the post-career blues, Bolt said, but he still frequently takes time to contemplate his extraordinary success.

"I sometimes with my best friend say, 'Can you believe it, what we've done?' because I'm from the rural area of Jamaica and I used to play football in the streets," the eight-time Olympic gold medallist said before watching last night's athletics finals on the Gold Coast in Australia.

The 11-time world champion said one of the most satisfying aspects of his career was having spurred on others by his example.

"All the time I get messages [or] people see me, not only track athletes or sports people, but just regular people, who say I've inspired them to do well, to work hard, to be a doctor or just do better for themselves.

"I'm just happy to inspire people to be better, it's mind-blowing sometimes."

REUTERS



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