Inside the foyer at Tracks and Records, the digits frozen in time spoke for themselves: 9.58 and 19.19. They were mounted on mock trackside clocks, with the legends “World Championships Berlin 2009”, “100m WR” and “200m WR” accompanying them.
Lest there be any mistake, this was actually Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, to give the establishment the full title displayed on the wall outside, complete with a logo of the world’s fastest man pulling his trademark “To Di World” pose. Inside was a spacious bar and eatery, with lights dimmed and sporting action coming at you from a dozen television screens.
In one corner Papiss Cissé was heading a goal for Newcastle United. In another Andy Murray was playing a tennis match somewhere. On the screen in the far corner the Lightning Bolt was striking in the Olympic 100 metres final in London, taming Yohan “The Beast” Blake in the process.
On our table there was branded “Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records scotch pepper sauce” and “Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records reggae sauce”. Such are the dressings of success, the condiment trappings that come with running the 100m in 9.58sec and the 200m in 19.19sec. And with being one of the most celebrated figures on Planet Earth.
“We actually have three in one,” said Nick Taylor, the general manager of this suitably chilled-out Bolt hole, which has regular live reggae nights. “It’s a joint venture; we have a casino adjoining us and a nightclub called Fiction adjoining that.
“Yes, Usain does come to the nightclub. He enjoys it. He’s been to the casino too.
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