By Brittney Chaple in Toronto, World-Track
TORONTO, Canada — When Usain Bolt steps on the track on Thursday to race in the 100 metres at the Festival of Excellence athletics meeting in Toronto, the entire Varsity Stadium and those in around the facilities and indeed the globe will be keeping a close look on how well he will perform.
However, Perdita Felicien, the former world champion who is ready to bend her own rule to see the superstar she loves, plans to be closest.
The Canadian who races in the women’s 100m hurdles, says she will park herself at the finish line immediately after wait.
"I’ll be watching, trust me," said Felicien, who captured the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles at the world championships in 2003. "Cool down can wait.
"I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to people outside of my event, but he has a fan. I’m a fan of his. I love him," Felicien also joined the number of other track stars lauding the impact of the Jamaican sprint phenomenon.
"You have the diehard fans that watch track and field, but he has completely transcended that," said Felicien. "He’s gone beyond the basic track fanatic.
"People who know nothing about athletics want to come out and watch Usain Bolt or want to see what he’s going to do," she added.
Bolt, who left Beijing last summer as the biggest celebrity will be the star attraction in the men’s 100m dash, where he is down to face 2004 Olympic 200m champion and runner up Shawn Crawford and fellow American Bernard Williams.
Jamaica’s Marvin Anderson, who trains with Bolt at the Racers Track Club in Kingston, will also be in the race.