For the first time in three Olympic Games, legendary sprinter Usain Bolt didn’t feature in the pole position in the 100m and 200m events for men. The Jamaican who hung his boots in 2017 won the gold medal in both 100m and 200m events in the last three Olympic Games. Tokyo Olympics saw Italy’s Marcell Jacobs and Canada’s Andre De Grasse bag the gold medals.
Usain Bolt shares that it was very hard for him to watch the Olympic finals. Bolt adds that he craves such glorious moments and had a hard time witnessing his first Olympic finals post-retirement. “I really missed it. I was like, I wish I was there,” he told AFP. “Because for me, I live for those moments. So it was hard to watch.“
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The first Olympic 100m final since Usain Bolt’s departure was a lacklustre affair, with Marcell Jacobs clocking 9.80sec at Tokyo to secure the elusive gold medal. The great showman feels that he could have pocketed the medal had he featured in the final. During his time in the middle, Bolt won a whopping eight Olympic gold medals.
“My coach said something to me at the end of my career. He said, ‘People are not getting faster. I was getting slower.’ I never looked at it that way,” said Bolt. “And it’s the facts because a lot of guys don’t really get faster. Because I have pushed the barrier so far and then I started going backwards time-wise, so for me 9.80 was possible to get done.“
Bolt, who already has his statue in front of Jamaica’s National Stadium, is all set to be honoured with a statue yet again. This time around, the town of Falmouth will now honour this legend with a statue, depicting his famous “To Di World” victory pose. The legendary Olympian shares that the pose was beginning to grate.
“Sometimes it gets a little bit, I wouldn’t say annoying. But I understand that I’ve done it to myself,” he said with a chuckle. “People really enjoy it and it’s for the fans, you know. I mean, it’s a picture that they will treasure forever. So for me, I’m not always happy doing it, but I do it anyways because it’s for them and it makes them happy.“