The training shoes used by the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt at the 2013 World Championship Games in Moscow, will be auctioned in New York City, June 6.
The shoes, which were handcrafted by Puma, will start at a bid set at US$18,000 at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Education Foundation auction.
With a bounce from these specially made spikes, Bolt won gold in the 100m and the 200m, as well as the 4 x 100 relay, at the Moscow meet.
He emerged from the games as the most successful athlete ever in the history of the World Championships. The spikes are autographed by Bolt, with one of his two aliases, “UGO”, written on them.
This special creation is not available in stores, and the blue marks on the front and sides of the spikes are from the dye from the training track in his starting block at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. The teeth and laces were personally inserted by Bolt and they have been worn by only him.
“Usain Bolt is a global legend from the Caribbean who continues to make history and to make us proud. We are thrilled to have his training spikes from the 2013 World Championship Games as a part of the CTO’s Caribbean Week auction”, said Sylma Brown, the director of CTO USA Inc.
The spikes were handed over last year to Norma Brown Bell, former president of the Lay Magistrates Association. Proceeds from the sale will be used for the benefit of charities in Jamaica and the CTO Foundation, the non-profit foundation established by the CTO to help Caribbean nationals pursue higher education in tourism related subjects, by providing scholarships and grants.