Bolt says he will finish season with something special

By Miranda Mitchell, World-Track

THESSALONIKI, Greece —

Triple Olympic and World sprint champion Usain Bolt says he will give the fans something special in his last competition of the season when he races in the 200 metres at the IAAF World Athletics Final on Sunday.

Bolt has complained of being fatigue since the conclusion of the world championships in Berlin last month, but he is ready to use the fans in the Thessaloniki Stadium Sunday as his motivation to deliver a classic performance in his season finale.

"If the crowd is really energetic here, I will do something special tomorrow," said Bolt, who runs the 200m over Sunday’s final day of the two-day meeting.

"I thank you all for all the support and with the energy from you I will come out and do my best," he added, while speaking directly to the crowd during a short introduction to the fans.

The Jamaican world record holder should have little problems winning in Thessaloniki with his closest challenger set to come from his good friend American Wallace Spearmon.

Also lining up against the sprint king will be fellow islander Brendan Christian of Antigua, the man who finished behind him at the 2002 world juniors, as well as Ireland’s Paul Hession and Briton Marlon Devonish.

Meanwhile, in an interesting women’s race on Saturday’s first day, three-time world champion Allyson Felix just edged the charging Sanya Richards to take the event as both Americans ran 22.29seconds.

Jamaica’s Olympic bronze medallist Kerron Stewart was third in 22.42secs with Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie finishing fourth in 22.45.

Triple Olympic and World sprint champion Usain Bolt says he will give the fans something special in his last competition of the season when he races in the 200 metres at the IAAF World Athletics Final on Sunday.

Bolt has complained of being fatigue since the conclusion of the world championships in Berlin last month, but he is ready to use the fans in the Thessaloniki Stadium Sunday as his motivation to deliver a classic performance in his season finale.

"If the crowd is really energetic here, I will do something special tomorrow," said Bolt, who runs the 200m over Sunday’s final day of the two-day meeting.

"I thank you all for all the support and with the energy from you I will come out and do my best," he added, while speaking directly to the crowd during a short introduction to the fans.

The Jamaican world record holder should have little problems winning in Thessaloniki with his closest challenger set to come from his good friend American Wallace Spearmon.

Also lining up against the sprint king will be fellow islander Brendan Christian of Antigua, the man who finished behind him at the 2002 world juniors, as well as Ireland’s Paul Hession and Briton Marlon Devonish.

Meanwhile, in an interesting women’s race on Saturday’s first day, three-time world champion Allyson Felix just edged the charging Sanya Richards to take the event as both Americans ran 22.29seconds.

Jamaica’s Olympic bronze medallist Kerron Stewart was third in 22.42secs with Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie finishing fourth in 22.45.

Triple Olympic and World sprint champion Usain Bolt says he will give the fans something special in his last competition of the season when he races in the 200 metres at the IAAF World Athletics Final on Sunday.

Bolt has complained of being fatigue since the conclusion of the world championships in Berlin last month, but he is ready to use the fans in the Thessaloniki Stadium Sunday as his motivation to deliver a classic performance in his season finale.

"If the crowd is really energetic here, I will do something special tomorrow," said Bolt, who runs the 200m over Sunday’s final day of the two-day meeting.

"I thank you all for all the support and with the energy from you I will come out and do my best," he added, while speaking directly to the crowd during a short introduction to the fans.

The Jamaican world record holder should have little problems winning in Thessaloniki with his closest challenger set to come from his good friend American Wallace Spearmon.

Also lining up against the sprint king will be fellow islander Brendan Christian of Antigua, the man who finished behind him at the 2002 world juniors, as well as Ireland’s Paul Hession and Briton Marlon Devonish.

Meanwhile, in an interesting women’s race on Saturday’s first day, three-time world champion Allyson Felix just edged the charging Sanya Richards to take the event as both Americans ran 22.29seconds.

Jamaica’s Olympic bronze medallist Kerron Stewart was third in 22.42secs with Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie finishing fourth in 22.45.

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