Usain Bolt is a man in demand.
During the recent world championships in South Korea, the public’s reaction to the 100m and 200m world record holder was that normally reserved only for pop stars.
When Bolt false started in the 100m, the crowd’s collective howl of astonishment was something I had never before witnessed at a sporting event.
And when the fastest man in history hurled one of his running spikes into the crowd following his 200m semi-final victory a few days later, the clamour to get a piece of Bolt memorabilia was unrestrained.
“Usain uses the crowd to the absolute maximum, and then controls and feeds off the energy he generates. It’s why he threw his spikes to the crowd after the semi-final on Friday night, to get them going for the final,” former British sprinter Darren Campbell told the BBC.
The new owner has a valuable piece of sporting memorabilia on their hands.
A pair of signed Bolt-spikes sold for £2,100 at a charity auction in 2009.
With just 11 months to go before Bolt attempts to defend the 100m, 200m and 4X100m gold medals he won at the Beijing Olympics, now could be a good time to purchase Bolt memorabilia, as it appears nothing but false starts can prevent his stock from rising still further by this time next year.
And your luck may be in.
A signed photographic print, bearing Bolt’s quote from the aftermath of his 200m victory at Beijing: “I just blew my mind and blew the world’s mind,” could be yours today, for just £150.
Image: Jamaica Gleaner