Virgin Media celebrates Bolt’s final 100m race with virtual victory lap through London

4 August 2017

"Super-fast and super entertaining; the perfect embodiment of Virgin Media"

As Usain Bolt prepares to run his last ever 100m race, Virgin Media has worked with state-of-the-art projectionists to beam Bolt onto the streets of the London for a virtual victory lap.

To pay homage to the fastest man on the planet, Virgin Media is releasing a cutting-edge video to celebrate Usain Bolt’s incredible record-breaking career. In the film Bolt is seen running through well-known locations and across famous landmarks, while taking in some of his favourite haunts in the capital. 

Bolt, who has been a Virgin Media ambassador since 2012, will hit the starting blocks at the World Athletic Championships tomorrow (Saturday 5 August).

Lightning-fast lap of London

Bolt’s Victory Lap begins in Brixton – home to one of largest Jamaican communities in England – and sees him projected onto the Electric Brixton, where he is poised, ready to begin his race.

As Bolt sets off on his lightning-fast journey, he races from Brixton Recreation Centre, under Brixton Rail Bridge through to Cold Harbour Lane. He then sprints through the Southbank with the world famous Tower Bridge as a backdrop and then across the front of the iconic Tate Modern. The film shows him crossing the river past Embankment Underground Station, where he makes his way to East London, towards Brick Lane, which marks the location where he DJ’d after his gold medal winning success at London 2012.

Bolt then heads back to the West End, where he is projected dancing above clubs in Soho, where he famously celebrated his 30th birthday last August.

The video culminates with Bolt finishing his victory lap at City Hall with an epic shot of the London skyline, where the hashtag #ARunningLegend is projected onto the building to close the film.

Kerris Bright, Chief Marketing Officer at Virgin Media, said: “The fastest man on the planet goes hand in hand with the fastest broadband and Usain is super-fast and super entertaining; the perfect embodiment of Virgin Media.

“Beaming Bolt’s epic ultrafast victory lap is a unique and fitting way to mark his last ever 100m final and celebrates our long and continued association.  Usain Bolt is a true running legend.”

Watch Bolt’s virtual victory lap.


Note to editors

  • The video was filmed over two nights with two state-of- the-art HD projectors.
  • It consists of existing footage Virgin Media has already captured of Usain Bolt.

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