Bolt saddened by for coach's passing

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TRELAWNY,  Pablo McNeil (right) poses with Usain Bolt after his 200m victory at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston.Jamaica - Olympian Pablo McNeil, the first of Usain Bolt's five High School coaches, passed away on Monday night. McNeil, born September 12, 1939, died at the Falmouth Hospital at 8:30 pm Jamaica time. Bolt, winner of the Olympic Games 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles, in a statement said: "I am saddened by the passing of one of my first coaches in high school, Pablo McNeil."

"Coach McNeil was a part of my early track and field life. I appreciate all he sought to pass on to me. I would like to offer my condolences and sympathies to his family and close friends," added Bolt, the 2009 World Championships 100, 200, 4x100m winner, who runs on Friday in Paris.

McNeil represented his country at the 1964 1968 Summer

Olympic Games. At the 1964 Games, McNeil reached the semifinal of the 100 metres, finishing sixth, and later ran the first leg on Jamaica's 4x100m team, which was fourth in the final, the time 39.4secs. Patrick Robinson, Lyndie Headley and Dennis Johnson completed the quartet.

He did not reach the final of the 1968 Games.

McNeil, however, did win several medals from the British West Indies Championships.

After his retirement, McNeil took on the sprint coaching job at Ardenne High before moving to William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny. While at William Knibb he identified and according to many, convinced Usain Bolt to give up cricket in favour of track & field.

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