Sport Athletics needs Usain Bolt's unique insight - Darren Campbell

01:06  13 august  2017
01:06  13 august  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Athletics chiefs would be "mad" not to call on Usain Bolt's insight and experience when working out how best to promote the sport in his absence, according to Darren Campbell.

The Jamaican brought the curtain down on his glittering career at the World Championships in London on Saturday, albeit in sorry fashion as he pulled up injured in the 4x100 metres relay. His hero status, however, is secure.

The 30-year-old was greeted by huge roars from the packed crowds in the London Stadium whenever he appeared on the big screen or was mentioned by the stadium commentators, let alone took to the track.

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There is no hiding from the gaping hole his retirement leaves at the heart of the sport. That the man who took his 100m crown here, Justin Gatlin, has twice served doping bans and was booed by spectators at every opportunity, only emphasised it.

Athletics' biggest name, its most colourful and charismatic personality, the man dubbed its "saviour" in the face of repeated doping scandals - gone.

How the sport deals with that void is a problem to which there is no obvious solution.

But Campbell, who won Olympic gold for Great Britain in the 4x100m relay in Athens in 2004, believes world governing body the IAAF has to ensure Bolt remains heavily involved as a "global ambassador".

"He's one of the few athletes that have done it at junior level and then taken it to a different level at senior, so he understands the sport inside and out," Campbell told Press Association Sport.

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It's five years since the Olympic games in London but the World Athletics Championships at the same location might have even more historical significance with the end of Usain Bolt ' s career. We spoke to former British sprinter Darren Campbell ahead of the championships.

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"Not many people go through the whole journey - from grassroots all the way to Olympic champion. But he's done that and more.

"There's a lot to learn from him. He knows the way to entertain the crowd. How do we take the sport further? I think if you don't have Usain Bolt involved in those types of discussions you're mad, you're not trying to make things right.

"I think Usain Bolt will make decisions for the right reasons - it won't be about money, it will be about the sport that he loves and has empowered him and given him everything he has."

Whatever impact the Jamaican can make off the track, though, there is no denying the huge hole he will leave on it.

It is not just the eight Olympic gold medals, 11 world titles, eye-watering world records in the 100m, 200m and relay. It is as much his character, the showmanship and sense of fun, that so excites and enthrals fans.

"Any stadium that Usain Bolt decides to grace ends up being full," said Campbell. "That tells you all you need to know.

"What we are witnessing is so powerful, so inspirational, he can't be replaced. How do you replace him - as a sports star and a human being?

"Usain Bolt treats you the same whether you are a dignitary or the poorest man in the world. That's a unique skill.

"Whether he was a successful sports person or not, I think he would still have that flamboyant character. How do you teach that? I don't think you can."

Lord Coe describes Bolt's injury in final race as 'horrible' .
Athletics chief Lord Coe described the sight of Usain Bolt pulling up injured in the final race of his glittering career as "horrible".Athletics chief Lord Coe described the sight of Usain Bolt pulling up injured in the final race of his glittering career as "horrible".

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