Sculptor Basil Watson unveiled his eight-foot high bronze statue of Usian Bolt at Jamaica's National Stadium. The statue, depicting the retired sprinter poised skyward in his hallmark "to the world" stance, was featured during the release ceremony.
“Never did I feel that I would be in this moment, as big as it is now, among statues at the National Stadium where it all began,” said Bolt, winner of six individual Olympic gold medals and seven individual world titles, according to Enca.
“This is why I always encourage everybody. Anything is possible, no limits. Because at no point in time did I ever think I would achieve this much, but I’ve always pushed on and stayed focused on what I want,” he added.
Sebastian Coe, the International Association of Athletics Federation, IAAF, president also paid tribute to the impact Bolt has had on athletics in general.
“Usain has changed the face of our sport. His has been an extraordinary career which has exemplified competitive excellence, extraordinary character, good sportsmanship and professionalism,” he said via a video message during the ceremony.
“His career has exemplified competitive excellence, extraordinary character, outstanding sportsmanship and professionalism, all of which has made him a global superstar,” Coe noted.
He went on to remind fans that although Usain has retired from sprinting “he will never leave the sport and we look forward to working closely with him on the next part of his journey in the greatest sport on the planet.”
Bolt retired earlier this year after his participation in the IAAF World Championships London 2017. He still holds the World record for the 100 meter sprint with a time of 9.58 seconds set in 2009