SuperSport to screen Usain Bolt’s final race
Usain Bolt takes part in his final major race in London this coming week and it will all be on SuperSport.
The African broadcaster announced the IAAF World Championships which be held from 4 to 13 August will be screened live to African viewers across multiple SuperSport channels on the DStv platform.
The Jamaican will, in all likelihood, compete in men’s 100m final on Saturday August 5, but his final race will be seven days later on August 12 in the men’s 4x100m final.
Bolt confirmed that the final race of his glittering career is to be the 4x100m relay at next month’s athletics World Championships in London.
He has opted out of defending his 200m title.
Of the Africans it is pretty exciting.
In the last five years, African sprinting has gradually emerged from the vast shadows of middle-and-long distance dominance the continent is famed for. In the 15 editions of the world championships to date, Africa boasts just eight sprint gold medals, a far cry from the plus-80 amassed in middle and long distance races.
At the centre of the sprint boom has been the likes of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, Muriel Ahoure from Ivory Coast, Kenya’s Nicholas Bett and Boniface Mucheru; Wayde van Niekerk and Akani Simbine from South Africa and Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, among others. As the number one and number two ranked athletes in the world in the 200m, Makwala and Van Niekerk lead the charge in the quest to dethrone Usain Bolt in this event which the world’s fastest man won’t be part of. Bolt has confirmed that he’ll only compete in the 100m and the 4x100m relay in what is his athletics swansong.
The two could also be part of an African podium sweep in the 400m with Makwala’s compatriots, Baboloki Thebe and Karabo Sibanda, set to be serious medal contenders in the one-lap race. With Bett unable to defend his 400m hurdles title, Kenya’s first-ever sprint gold in the championships, compatriot and Olympic silver medalist Mucheru will be favourite to bag the gold.
All the action is on SS8 HD, Maximo, Maximo 3.