Thessaloniki, Greece – All credit for the organisers and Usain Bolt for agreeing on his walk-on part for the world’s top sportsman the day before his race. He appeared on the track at 19:30, but wouldn’t it have been neat if they had timed it at 19:19, the figures of his World 200m record.
In fact even pre-Bolt, there was already a great atmosphere of enthusiasm in the stadium, named after the influential Greek architect Lyssandros Kaftanzoglou. So loud were the cheers for the practice vaults that some of us were fooled into thinking that Yelena Isinbayeva had started at an uncharacteristically low height.
It was particularly nice to see so many families in the stands and though security was appropriate, children were allowed down on the track level where the luck ones were rewarded by a high five or autograph from a star across the white railings down the homestraight….Read More