The opening of the 39th Gibson McCook relays at the National Stadium in Kingston was not without its usual excitement and when World and Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt graced the track in a surprise appearance “everyting tun up,” and the roar and cheers of spectators at the stadium packed event could be heard more than a mile away.
The popular and prestigious one-day relay meet was recently renamed Gibson McCook in honor of its founder, Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, who died recently after a long battle with cancer.
The meet was originally called Gibson Relays in memory of Kingston College’s founding principal, Anglican bishop, Percival Gibson.
Bolt, who was a no show at the recently held Camperdown Classic, anchored the Racers Lion 4x100m team of Mario Forsyth, Warren Weir, and Michael Frater to a time of 39.26 seconds.
Excelsior Community College finished second in a time of 43.50 seconds while the Caribbean Maritime Institute team finished third in a time of 45.04 seconds.
Speaking to the press after his race Usain Bolt described his first race on Jamaican soil in two years as a good blowout.
“For me it was good, good blowout in the early morning,” said Bolt.
“I’m looking forward to the finals this evening …I know it’s going to be a good one, a lot of top teams there and they are ready to go,” he said.
The Gibson McCook Relays is a major athletic event in Jamaica attracting athletes from North America, Central America, and the wider Caribbean region.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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