The dancehall community is paying tribute to Usain Bolt after the sprint legend lost his final solo race at the World Championship in London last weekend.
Bolt announced from last year that he would be officially retiring from track and field after this year’s World Championship games in London. He wanted to retire from last year’s Olympic Games in Rio, but his supporters urged him to do it for another year. On Saturday’s 100 meter finals, he was beaten by American sprinters Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman to win the bronze medal. Gatlin won the gold and Coleman took silver.
Yesterday, Usain Bolt took to his SnapChat to announced that this is his first ever bronze medal and he is happy about it. He also insist that he will be going out as previously planned. Artists like Charly Black, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Protoje, Ding Dong, Popcaan, Chi Ching Ching and others have paid tribute to the sprint legend.
“Big up Usain Bolt and all his accomplishments,” Charly Black said. “Fi ah next Trelawny man, yuh dun know. Big up Usain Bolt again. Not only on all his accomplishments, but for letting all Jamaicans feel proud to know that we have the fastest human being on Earth. We’re thanking him for putting Jamaica where it is, in his way, in our generation. It is good to know that not only in music we have people representing the country. From one Trelawny yout’ to a next, more life, more prosperity. Wishing you farewell and give thanks again. You did it, and made all of us proud.”
Beenie Man added, “To come into the world and leave a global legacy that can never be ignored, undermined or erased…dat name LEGEND! Well done, my Lord. #Unstoppable.”
Ding Dong and the Ravers crew also show some respect for the king. “For Usain, we haffi raise the flag to the highest. Him give whole heap of inspiration, from country to town to ghetto to garrison. Bolt show that you can achieve the impossible, because he has achieved the impossible. Big up again Usain, from Ding Dong and the whole Ravers. Manners and respect to the don.”