BUILT FOR SPEED: When Usain Bolt graces the track inside the London Stadium this weekend to compete for his fourth 100M World Championship title, his feet will be clad in a pair of purple and gold running shoes dubbed the Bolt Legacy Spikes, designed by his longtime sponsors PUMA. They were unveiled during a press conference on Tuesday in London, where the sprint superstar’s parents, Wellesley and Jennifer, surprised him by appearing on stage to present him with the shoes. The colourful spikes were designed to show details from key moments of his journey. “The colour purple was my school colour, when I was in high school. That’s where it started,” Bolt reflected. “The gold is: I am the golden boy. Purple and gold – they are nice.”
SHINING EXAMPLES: A fitting coda to Usain Bolt’s athletics career and sterling exploits for the country is the captaincy of Team Jamaica, which takes on global competitors in London, from August 4 to 13, at the 16th IAAF World Championships. The World’s Fastest Man and compatriot Novlene Williams-Mills have been appointed male and female captains respectively. Both Bolt, who has eight Olympic gold medals and 11 World Champs gold medals in his trophy case, and Williams-Mills, who led Jamaica to the 4X400M gold at the 2015 World Champs in Beijing, have announced that they will retire from the sport at the end of the London championships.