Tuesday 23 April 2019

Usain Bolt pays tribute to Special Olympics sprinter with incredible technique

Kirk Wint took silver in the 50m run at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.

Jamaica’s Kirk Wint competes in the 50m sprint at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games (Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019/PA)
Jamaica’s Kirk Wint competes in the 50m sprint at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games (Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019/PA)

By Max McLean, Press Association

Former Olympic champion Usain Bolt has tweeted in support of a Jamaican sprinter who won an astonishing silver medal at the Special Olympics World Games.

Kirk Wint took second place in the 50m run in Dubai, beating athletes from North Macedonia and Austria.

Instead of running upright, Wint used his arms and knees to reach the finish line, and was only beaten by half a second.

The eventual winner was Israel Malik Duncan of Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago, coming home in a time of 14.65 seconds.

The World Games hosts athletes with intellectual disabilities and promotes an environment of inclusion and respect.

Olympic champion and world-record holder Bolt tweeted of his compatriot: “Kirk Wint… Jamaican Special Olympic athlete won silver medal in 50m dash at the Special Olympic World Games in Dubai.

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(Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019)

“Respect goes out to all Special Olympian #AnythingIsPossible #DontThinkLimit”.

Wint also won bronze in the softball throw event.

Jamaica have won more than 30 medals at this year’s World Games.

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