UK man buys spikes worn by Usain Bolt during 100m heats
London: A man from Birmingham has bought the running spikes worn by Usain Bolt in the Olympics during the 100m heats.
Walton Wilkins from Bordesley Green, paid an undisclosed fee for the footwear which Bolt used on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s final.
Sports memorabilia collector Wilkins said he was “very chuffed” to get them.
About 20 million people watched the Jamaican storm home in the final in an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds.
“A friend knows someone who knew someone else connected to Bolt’s entourage so when I found that out, I asked if it was possible to get any sport memorabilia from him,” the BBC quoted Wilkins as saying.
“I never expected to get the spikes."
“I won’t say how much they cost me but it was worth it, I’m really pleased I’ve got them. He’s one of the world’s greatest sportsmen,” he said.
The 48-year-old, who has memorabilia from boxers Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson and Muhammed Ali, said he has contacted auctioneer’s Bonham’s to get an estimate on the spikes which are signed by Bolt.
He said is also trying to buy the spikes he wore in the final.
“They (Bonhams) said they would price them at between 15,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds.
“I’ve had plenty of my family round wanting to see them and take photos of them.
“They have plenty of admirers but I’m keeping them for now anyway,” he added.