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Published : 22/06/2012 00:00

Running spikes signed by superstar Usain Bolt sprint into Leeds

A pair of running spikes signed by the ‘fastest man on earth’ Usain Bolt has gone on display today in Leeds City Museum.

The trademark specially-made blue and day-glo gold spikes along with a signed photo of the Jamaican sprint superstar who holds the world records for the 100, 200 and 4x100 metres are now on show at the museum off Millennium Square to coincide with the Olympic Torch Relay coming through Leeds on Sunday and Monday.

The display is in Leeds as the items will be the grand prize at a charity auction being held by The Jamaica Society (Leeds) at their annual ball which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence at Yorkshire County Cricket Club at Headingley Carnegie on Saturday 21 July.

Sprint king Bolt is one of the most high-profile and recognisable sports stars in the world, having become a household name following his stunning performances in the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, where he broke the world record in the showpiece 100m winning gold in a time of 9.69 seconds before going on to repeat the feat in the 200m and also add in another victory and world record time in the men’s 4x100m relay event.

The 25-year-old followed that up a year later at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin by lowering his own records in both the 100m (9.58sec) and 200m (19.19sec), and he goes into next month’s London 2012 Olympic Games as the red-hot favourite vowing to run even faster.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“This is an amazing coup to have these special Usain Bolt running spikes signed by the man himself on display in Leeds City Museum for people to see, so a big thank you to the The Jamaica Society (Leeds) for loaning them to us temporarily.

“Usain Bolt is one of the most famous sports stars on the planet, and is admired not only for his amazing running ability but as a role model by millions of people all over the world, so it is wonderfully fitting his spikes go on display at the same weekend as the Olympic Torch comes to Leeds as we all wait to see just how fast he can run in London next month.”

The theme for this year’s ball of The Jamaica Society (Leeds) is 'Going For Gold', and proceeds from the auction will be in support of Yorkshire Cancer Research, Jamaica Cancer Society and The Salvation Army International.

Anyone keen to attend the event or register an interest in bidding for the spikes or signed photo can email info@jamaicasocietyleeds.org.uk.

The display will be at Leeds City Museum until Saturday 14th July 2012. Admission is free and for more information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum/

For more information on where the Olympic Torch Relay will be travelling on its route through Leeds visit www.leedsgold.co.uk

Notes to editors:

The Jamaica Society (Leeds) was established in 1978 in order to celebrate the heritage of Jamaica and its people and the wider community in the city, and has undertaken charitable programmes and social events for all ages from across Leeds. For more information email info@jamaicasocietyleeds.org.uk

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