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Bolt appears as special guest and starter at Seiko Super Meet

25 September 2008

By Gary Smith

The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, continued his high demand for appearances following his dominating performances at the Olympics when he appeared as a special guest at Tuesday's Seiko Super Meet in Kawasaki.

Bolt was a VIP guest at the meeting and Japanese fans were delighted to have their first look at the Jamaican since he set the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing alight with three world record setting performances.

At the Todoroki stadium on Tuesday, Bolt served as the starter for a middle school relay event, prior to featuring in an emotional special ceremony for Japanese sprinter Nobuharu Asahara, who retired following the meet.

Bolt's coach Glen Mills says the 22-year-old is blessing to a sport that has been trodden down by scandals.

"Usain brings you life to track and field, a sport that has been trodden down with drug scandals and fallen heroes," Mills said, adding that the sprinter also enjoys every moment of his successes.

"He brings a breath of fresh air to the sport and believe me the world loves him. Where ever he goes we have to be careful. We have to protect him from being trampled.

"People just keep coming up and saying this is what the sport needs he brings new life to it."

The last time Bolt was in Japan he won a silver medal behind American Tyson Gay in the men's 200-metres dash at the World Championships in Osaka in 2007 and then ran the second on the Jamaican silver medal winning 4x100m relay team.

In Beijing last month, he won the men's 100m in 9.69secs, the 200m in 19.30secs and then ran a sparkling 8.9secs on the third leg of the Jamaican winning 4x100m relay team -- all of which came in world record breaking performances.

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