Athletes Honor Usain Bolt As The Track Superstar Runs Final Individual Race

The fastest man in the world is getting ready to slow his life down.

Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who has dominated track races for the past decade, will run his final 100-meter individual race Saturday at the World Athletics Championships in London. He will complete the race in less than 10 seconds, and after competing one last time in the 1x400-meter relay for Jamaica next week, has said he will retire. 



Bolt shattered three world records at his first Olympics appearance in 2008 and ends his career with 8 Olympic gold medals. He is the first man to win three 100-meter Olympic titles and is the world record holder in both the men's 100-meter and 200-meter. He will compete this weekend for his 12th world championship gold wearing shoes that have "fastest" printed on the left foot and "forever" printed on the right.

Bolt's legacy will live on not just amongst track and field athletes, but in the company of true greats. Stars including gymnast Simone Biles and Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo offered their words of gratitude and congratulations in a video for CNN. Others took to Twitter to send their own messages to the world's fastest man.

"I want to say thank you for everything you have done for the sport," Miller-Uibo says in the video. "You've opened up doors for so many people, and you've just made it a fun sport again. You are the best."

Watch the full video above, and check out more of our favorite goodbye messages to Bolt below.



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