Fri, September 20, 2013

Living legend Bolt 'Not human'

By STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency


Jamaica's Usain Bolt (R) and Yohan Blake celebrate after they won gold in the men's 4x100m relay final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 11, 2012. The Jamaican team set a new world record of 36.84 seconds. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn


LONDON - Usain Bolt faced his own kind of disqualification threats Saturday night, but it’s just part of his ongoing disagreements with the officious track officials at the 2012 Olympic Games.

All Bolt wanted was to keep the baton after he and his Jamaican teammates broke the world record winning gold in the 4X100 men’s relay at the Olympic Stadium. He wanted the souvenir.

The official on the track informed him that if he didn’t return the baton he and his team would he disqualified.

“It was kind of weird,” said the world’s fastest man, running with the world’s fastest foursome. “He said I couldn’t keep the baton because it was the rule. He demanded it back. Another weird rule here. Because they actually told me that if I didn’t give it back, I would be disqualified. That was kind of weird. So I gave I gave it back to him.’

And then he got it back. Somehow. Although he didn’t say how.

Bolt ended his Olympics in the same brilliant form he began his Games, winning his third gold medal for the second straight Olympics and this time shattering his own world record, running the 400 metres with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and three-time medal winner Yohan Blake in 36.84. That’s six Olympic medals in six Olympic races for Bolt, four of them in world record time.

It didn’t hurt that he was running with the adventurous Blake on his side, who won silver twice to Bolt’s gold here and then teamed up for their third medal of the Games.

Blake is hardly understated about the absolute stunning brilliance of Bolt on the track, and he lumped himself into the conversation as being not too far behind.

“He’s not human,” Blake said. In the relay, Bolt was reasonably even against American Ryan Bailey on the anchor lap and proceeded to render the silver medal-winning American team superfluous. The race, like Bolt’s other two Olympic wins here, was all about Bolt.

“It’s always great to run with a living legend,” said Blake, who then talked about his own speed. “We drop from space like Mr. Bean,” he said. “And we are not human. I am from Mars.”

When asked to clarify what that meant, Blake said: “We’re not normal. To run 36.84 is not normal. We jump out of the sky. I’m from Mars because I’m the Beast.”

Said Bolt: “I said to Yohan, he has to stop talking like that or someone’s going to put him in a straight jacket one day.”

Bolt, who described the win as a “wonderful end to a wonderful week” then took a snipe at IOC president Jacques Rogge, who had disputed Bolt’s self-proclaimed legendary status earlier in the week.

When asked about it, Bolt said: “I would like to answer that with a question. What else do I need to do to prove myself as a legend? World record holder in both (100, 200) events. I’ve won both events twice at the Olympics. Broke the record many times. I don’t know what else to do.

He talks about playing soccer for Manchester United but that’s probably more play than anything else. He talks about establishing new goals for the new season. Even the silver medal-winning Americans — with Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Bailey in their lineup — giggled out loud when asked what they have to do to beat the Jamaicans in the relay.

They ran a near perfect race and still came up second best. “Like I say, what else is there for me to do? Honest, I don’t know.”