Bolt: I'm a living legend
Sprinter puts himself up there with Jordan and Ali among all-time greats
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
Jamaica's Usain Bolt shows his gold medal during the presentation ceremony for the men's 200m event at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
No one can catch him, so can anyone question him?
Usain Bolt’s latest bold statement made on the track Thursday night was followed by an even bolder one off of it.
“I’ve got nothing left to prove,” Bolt said. “I’ve showed the world I’m the best. For all the doubters, I’m a living legend now so stop talking.”
Despite the talk before the Games that fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake was poised to upset him, after doing just that at the Jamaican trials, Bolt still pulled off the 100-metre and 200-metre double here, giving him five sprint gold medals over his two Olympic experiences.
Bolt was never anywhere near ready to relinquish his titles and told Blake so.
“I said to Yohan Blake in 2010, you came around at the wrong time, the next two years are mine,” Bolt said. “I had to show him the next two years are mine.
“Blake did give me a wakeup call at the Trials. He kind of knocked on my door and said ‘This is an Olympic year.’ That really opened my eyes.”
Bolt was asked to compare himself to other sporting legends such as basketball star Michael Jordan and boxer Muhammad Ali and whether he’d consider playing another sport.
“I’m the greatest in my sport so I’m guessing I’m in that category,” Bolt said. “I just know I’m a legend. I have to sit down and find something that I can do great things in. If I can’t find something that can’t motive me - maybe football? — then I don’t know.”
But is he as legendary as one of the great Jamaican exports of all time, singer Bob Marley?
“I’m just carrying on his duty, pretty much,” Bolt said. “We both have the same goal and that’s to make Jamaica one of the most loved countries in the world.”
Meanwhile, Now that he’s matched and surpassed what former American sprinter Carl Lewis has done on the track, Bolt took a shot at the former Olympic star.
Referring to comments Lewis has allegedly made about him, Bolt ripped into Lewis at his post-race press conference.
“Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him,” Bolt said. “The thing he says about other track athletes is really downgrading.
“I think he’s just looking for attention because nobody is talking about him.
“I’ve lost all respect for him, all respect. All his talking about drug stuff. For an athlete in the sport, that was very upsetting to me.”