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The Arno Story - Meeting Usain Bolt

posted 9 Dec 2009, 12:47 by Unknown user   [ updated 9 Dec 2009, 12:53 ]
25-Jul-09
TAC club members Peter Arnold and Phil Shotton attended the recent Norwich Union Grand Prix at Crystal Palace to see Bolt in action.

Telford AC’s MVP Pete Arnold traveled to London to watch Bolt in action...

“TAC club members Peter Arnold and Phil Shotton attended the recent Norwich Union Grand Prix at Crystal Palace accompanied by Wolves and Bilston 2007 Midlands silver Medalist Ross Edgely.
The race officals never approached Pete or Phil to run (lucky for Tyson gay and Usain Bolt who were in attendance, they shivered when they heard Telford's finest were in the stadium). So the boys had to make do with spectating.
The obvious attraction was Usain Bolt who ran 9.8 for the 100m and Tyson Gay's 20.0 in the 200. Other stand out performers included Dwight Philips in the Long jump, Martyn Rooney and Michael Bingham lined up against Angelo Taylor in the 400m .... Not to mentions Pete's favourite athlete Alyson Felix who stepped down from the 200 to compete in the 100m.

The atmosphere over both days was amazing, with Jamaican flags everywhere. The crowds has come to see Bolt and he did not disappoint ... his showmanship had everyone on up and dancing to his tune. It was also nice to see former athletes such as Linford Christie, Colin Jackson and Iwan Thomas mingling with the crowds.

In true Telford AC style our boys ventured into to crystal place to sample the nightlife and what other attractions were on offer, apart from the star studded track line up.... Pete and Phil highly recommend the Black Sheep bar for a good beer and show what dance combinations you have.

It was a great weekend and they boys would highly recommend all to see that man that has changed the face of athletics and get involved in the carnival atmosphere that he generates. If that’s not enough a cold pint in your hand always helps.

Hopefully this trip will have inspired two of TAC's most dedicated athletes to great things over the winter and next season.... Watch this space!”


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