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Usain Bolt starts final season with lap of honour in home town

It was akin to a religious experience, a five-hour outpouring of love and noisy exaltation from 35,000 people to their nation’s greatest athlete

“We thank you God, for you have truly been good to Jamaica. You have blessed us with doctor, the honourable Usain St Leo Bolt, the embodiment of sportsmanship, who reminds us of the gumption and indomitable spirt of the Jamaican people. May the vibe in the stadium bring a world of justice and love, and make your kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven. Amen.”

Sporting events aren’t supposed to start with prayers from an ordained minister. But at Usain Bolt’s final race in Jamaica it somehow felt right. For this was an occasion akin to a religious experience, a five-hour outpouring of love and noisy exaltation from 35,000 people to the greatest athlete their country has ever known. Salute To A Legend, they called it. And salute they did.

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