Usain Bolt is set to retire after he competes at the IAAF World Championships in London this week. In honor of his last race and to commemorate his entire career, Puma has created the Bolt Legacy Spikes. Bolt’s parents, Wellesley and Jennifer, presented the shoes to him at a ceremony that took place in London on Tuesday evening.
“Usain Bolt has been a transformative figure for track & field and brought a type of energy that the sport has never seen before,” said Bjoern Gulden, CEO of PUMA in a statement. “The way he has stayed true to his core messages, family, and fans the whole time has been what’s really resonated with people all around the globe. We are proud to have been working with Usain for so many years now and our partnership will continue long after his race this weekend.”
The spikes have been designed with tributes to Bolt’s victories. The right spike says “Forever”, while the left one says “Fastest.” The right spike is purple and green, in honor of Bolt’s high school colors. The left spike is gold, with a sock liner highlighting his achievements since 2002. The tongue of the spikes carries Bolt’s signature, an outline of his classic pose, and the Jamaican flag.
Bolt will wear these spikes during the World Championships. Limited pairs will also be available for purchase, with more info on that coming soon.
If you want to watch Bolt’s last race, the 100 meter heats begin on Aug. 4 at 3:20 p.m. EST. You can stream the event live with the NBC Gold Package or watch a replay starting at 7:00 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network. The semi-finals will be on Aug. 5 at 2:05 p.m. EST. The 100m final will be live on NBC on the same day at 4:45 p.m.