Usain Bolt has urged the world to bask in his glory after becoming the first man to win the Olympic sprint double twice in succession on an historic night in London.
While breaking a world record proved beyond even him last night, Bolt did achieve the legendary status he had craved by retaining his 200m title in 19.32 seconds, leading a Jamaican clean sweep ahead of 100m silver medallist Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, both of whom are just 22.
“I’m now a living legend. Bask in my glory,” Bolt said at the medallists’ press conference. “Now I am going to sit back, relax and think about what’s next. I don’t know what I really want to do after this, whether to run the 100 or 200 or try something else. I need to find a goal that’s going to motivate me to great things.
No plans to retire
“But I am not ready to retire. I love this sport. The rest of the season I am just going to have fun because I did what I came here to do.” Bolt had lost to Blake over 100 and 200m at the Jamaican trials — and later underwent treatment on a stiff back which was causing hamstring problems — but gained sweet revenge over both distances in London, even having the time to raise a finger to his lips as he crossed the line.
That was jokingly directed at training partner Blake, who had made the same gesture at the trials. Asked about breaking the world record of 19.19secs he set when winning the world title in Berlin in 2009, Bolt added: “It was possible but I guess I wasn’t fit enough.”