Usain Bolt downed rum, cognac, partied at all-night barbecue before pulling up with cramp in final race


Sprinting legend Usain Bolt was pictured drinking alcohol at an all-night barbecue just days before his final ever race.

The Jamaican, 30, was spotted drinking rum and cognac at the garden party at a family friend’s home in west London.

It came before he pulled up with cramp during the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday night.

Last night he said farewell to thousands of his fans with a victory lap at the London Stadium and looked visibly emotional as he struck some of his famous celebratory poses one more time.

Usain Bolt, pictured with mother Jennifer and father Wellesley, was pictured drinking at an all-night barbecue in west London days before his final race

Usain Bolt pictured leaving his London hotel in a Jamaica tracksuit last night after his final race

Bolt, pictured during a farewell victory lap at the World Championships last night, was seen drinking rum and cognac

It came days before the sprinter, 30, pulled up with a hamstring injury during the 4x10m relay, pictured

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist had been running the last leg of the relay when he was forced to stop due to a reaction in his left hamstring.

According to The Sun, Bolt drank glasses of Hennessy cognac and Wray and Nephew rum at the party, which was honouring the life of British Olympic silver medallist Germaine Mason.

A source told The Sun: ‘He was saying ‘Hi’ to everyone and he was very, very flirtatious. I saw him kissing one of the girls. He was there until 6am.’

The party was held the day after Bolt finished third in the 100m event, which was won by controversial US runner Justin Gatlin, who has twice been banned for doping.

Mason, 34, died in April after a motorcycle accident in Jamaica and close friend Bolt was quickly on the scene with the pair part of a group of friends on a day out.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist had been running the last leg of the relay when he was forced to stop due to a reaction in his left hamstring. But he looked in high spirits as he got out of his car at his London hotel last night

Bolt made sure to send the fans at the London Stadium home happy by striking some of his famous celebratory poses, pictured

Germaine Mason   Germaine Mason

The party was in honour of late British high jumper Germaine Mason, 34, who won silver at the 2008 Olympics

Mason died in a motorcycle crash in Jamaica in April and close friend Bolt was moved to tears at the funeral a month later, pictured

Bolt later helped dig Mason’s grave while he also served as a pallbearer at the funeral and was moved to tears.

The athlete revealed he was so emotionally affected by the death that he ‘could not train for two-and-a-half weeks’.

Mason, who was born in Jamaica, reportedly fell off of his bike on the Norman Manley highway in East Kingston at 4.20am, while trying to swerve to avoid oncoming traffic, and died at the scene.

British athletes also expressed their sorrow in the wake of the tragedy, with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill tweeting ‘This is just awful. Such sad news’, while Linford Christie wrote: ‘Heart goes out to friends and family of Germaine Mason on this sad day. RIP Germaine. Never forgotten.’

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