Sport Athletics needs Usain Bolt's unique insight - Darren Campbell

01:06  13 august  2017
01:06  13 august  2017 Source:   pressassociation.com

Usain Bolt through his 100m heat in London in a time of 10.07

  Usain Bolt through his 100m heat in London in a time of 10.07 Usain Bolt moved a step closer to a golden goodbye as he cruised through the 100 metres heats at the World Championships in London. Back at the stadium where the Jamaican declared himself a "living legend" after retaining his 100m and 200m titles at the 2012 Olympics, the 30-year-old recovered from an awful start to win his heat in 10.07 seconds.Bolt, who is bringing the curtain down on his glittering career at these championships, was met with the customary huge cheers whenever he appeared on the big screen.

Darren Campbell , who won 4x100m Olympic relay gold with Britain in 2004, believes that Bolt ' s impact off the "Any stadium that Usain Bolt decides to grace ends up being full, that tells you all you need to Read more on World Athletics Championships: GB men win relay gold but Bolt pulls up injured.

Usain Bolt ' s medal haul. 2007 World Championships. Silver (200m), Silver (4x100m relay). "Any stadium that Usain Bolt decides to grace ends up being full, that tells you all you need to know," Campbell said. That's a unique skill. "Whether he was a successful sports person or not, I think he

Jamaica's Usain Bolt is arguably the greatest athlete of all time: 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Nine - London Stadium © PA WIRE 2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Nine - London Stadium

Athletics chiefs would be "mad" not to call on Usain Bolt's insight and experience when working out how best to promote the sport in his absence, according to Darren Campbell.

The Jamaican brought the curtain down on his glittering career at the World Championships in London on Saturday, albeit in sorry fashion as he pulled up injured in the 4x100 metres relay. His hero status, however, is secure.

The 30-year-old was greeted by huge roars from the packed crowds in the London Stadium whenever he appeared on the big screen or was mentioned by the stadium commentators, let alone took to the track.

Usain Bolt's 'worst blocks' complaint rejected by IAAF

  Usain Bolt's 'worst blocks' complaint rejected by IAAF World Championships organisers have dismissed criticism from Usain Bolt about his starting blocks for the 100 metres. The eight-time Olympic champion hit out at the blocks following his heat on Friday night in London.Bolt was aiming to bank a 12th World Championship gold medal in the 100 metres in the London Stadium on Saturday night and won his heat after a poor start which he blamed on the blocks."That was very bad," he said after winning in 10.07 seconds."I stumbled a little bit coming out of my blocks. I'm not really a fan of these blocks. These are the worst blocks I have ever experienced.

Usain Bolt having to return Olympic Gold 'is disgusting' - Darren Campbell . The team won in a then-world record of 37.10 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan, who could have their medals upgraded. Brazil would then receive bronze. The head of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative

"Being in front of a home crowd it' s great, this is what athletics is all about - I loved it." Bolt in contrast looked like he needed to work hard through the middle of the Former Great Britain sprinter Darren Campbell on BBC Radio 5 live: "This is what we mean by athletes believing they can beat Usain Bolt .

There is no hiding from the gaping hole his retirement leaves at the heart of the sport. That the man who took his 100m crown here, Justin Gatlin, has twice served doping bans and was booed by spectators at every opportunity, only emphasised it.

Athletics' biggest name, its most colourful and charismatic personality, the man dubbed its "saviour" in the face of repeated doping scandals - gone.

How the sport deals with that void is a problem to which there is no obvious solution.

But Campbell, who won Olympic gold for Great Britain in the 4x100m relay in Athens in 2004, believes world governing body the IAAF has to ensure Bolt remains heavily involved as a "global ambassador".

"He's one of the few athletes that have done it at junior level and then taken it to a different level at senior, so he understands the sport inside and out," Campbell told Press Association Sport.

Usain Bolt denied golden goodbye but bows out to hero's farewell in London

  Usain Bolt denied golden goodbye but bows out to hero's farewell in London For once victory proved a step too far for Usain Bolt, the greatest athlete the world has ever seen denied a golden goodbye. And by the least popular man in the London Stadium - two-time drug cheat Justin Gatlin.Even after the American's name came up on the big screen as the winner of the world 100 metres title in 9.92 seconds, followed by his compatriot Christian Coleman and then, finally, shockingly, Bolt in bronze in 9.95secs, the chants of 'Usain Bolt, Usain Bolt' continued to ring out.They were interrupted only by huge boos for Gatlin, who remains the sport's pantomime villain.

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin' s rivalry can produce a "crazy" 100m time at August' s World Championships, says ex-British sprinter Darren Campbell . Bolt , who set the world record of 9.58 seconds in 2009, ran two season best times of 9.87 at the Anniversary Games.

Usain St Leo Bolt OJ CD (/ˈjuːseɪn/; born 21 August 1986) is a retired Jamaican sprinter and world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay.

"Not many people go through the whole journey - from grassroots all the way to Olympic champion. But he's done that and more.

"There's a lot to learn from him. He knows the way to entertain the crowd. How do we take the sport further? I think if you don't have Usain Bolt involved in those types of discussions you're mad, you're not trying to make things right.

"I think Usain Bolt will make decisions for the right reasons - it won't be about money, it will be about the sport that he loves and has empowered him and given him everything he has."

Whatever impact the Jamaican can make off the track, though, there is no denying the huge hole he will leave on it.

It is not just the eight Olympic gold medals, 11 world titles, eye-watering world records in the 100m, 200m and relay. It is as much his character, the showmanship and sense of fun, that so excites and enthrals fans.

"Any stadium that Usain Bolt decides to grace ends up being full," said Campbell. "That tells you all you need to know.

"What we are witnessing is so powerful, so inspirational, he can't be replaced. How do you replace him - as a sports star and a human being?

"Usain Bolt treats you the same whether you are a dignitary or the poorest man in the world. That's a unique skill.

"Whether he was a successful sports person or not, I think he would still have that flamboyant character. How do you teach that? I don't think you can."

Lord Coe describes Bolt's injury in final race as 'horrible' .
Athletics chief Lord Coe described the sight of Usain Bolt pulling up injured in the final race of his glittering career as "horrible".Athletics chief Lord Coe described the sight of Usain Bolt pulling up injured in the final race of his glittering career as "horrible".

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