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Gatorade honors Usain Bolt with tribute video ahead of final sprint

By Alex Butler
Gatorade honors Usain Bolt with tribute video ahead of final sprint
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and rival American Justin Gatlin leave the track after winning their heats in the 100 meters at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships on Friday at the Olympic Stadium in London. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 5 (UPI) -- We've finally caught up to Usain Bolt.

The 30-year-old Jamaican sprinter will cross the finish line in one of his final races Saturday in the IAAF World Championships at London Stadium.

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It will be Bolt's final 100m sprint. He'll wrap up his storied career on Aug. 12 in the men's 4x100m relay final.

Gatorade released a video Saturday to commemorate his career, which includes eight Olympic gold medals and 11 World Championship gold medals. He owns the four fastest 100m times in history.

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"History says you should be five inches shorter," the narrator of the video says. "History says you should have a common name like Lewis or Johnson. History says you should move away from home and train in a world-class facility. History says you should take this seriously. That you should start fast and have a short stride. History says records are broken by fractions, not feet. That's why history is history."

"Thanks Usain, Every step was incredible," the final scene of the tribute video says.

But it hasn't always been easy to predict Bolt as one of the best sprinters of all time.

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"We never saw prior to Usain Bolt a sprinter who is 6'5 running the 100m," former Olympic champion Michael Johnson recently told CNN Sport. "Typically, that type of athlete would not be able to get out of the blocks and get through the drive phase in the first 30m or so when short, powerful, massive pressure and power is what's required."

Bolt originally announced his decision to retire in 2015. He had his final race in Jamaica in June, clocking a time of 10.03 in the 100-meter dash.

Bolt ranked No. 23 on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes. He netted $3.2 million in 2017, with $32 million in endorsements.

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He had endorsement deals with Gatorade, Virgin Media, Nissan and Hublot.

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