The Jamaican’s 100m victory in 9.80sec at the season-ending Diamond League meet on Friday crowned another amazing season which was marred early on by a dearth of doping cases.
“It’s the end of the season, I’ve got no worries, I’m totally relaxed now, I’ll have some fun and put my feet up,” said Bolt, whose sole defeat of the season came over 100m at the Rome Diamond League meet at the hands of American Justin Gatlin.
“I’m looking forward to going home, to see my friends and extended family, and just to chill out.” Positive tests for teammate and former world record holder Asafa Powell and top American sprinter Tyson Gay, and injury to his main rival from Jamaica, Yohan Blake, had stripped the track circuit of three of their main performers. And again it was Bolt who steered the world of track and field out of those doldrums.
The 27-year-old went to last month’s world championships in Moscow with nagging question marks over his form, as there had been at the London Olympics and the 2011 Daegu worlds. Bolt promptly dispelled any concerns by claiming treble gold, winning the individual 100 and 200m and the 4x100m relay.