You certainly can’t say the man never did anything by halves.
The flashy, brash, very loud, always entertaining Usain Bolt confirmed that this Olympics would be his last, and in typical Bolt fashion did so with a press conference that had to be seen to be believed.
The hyper-confident and always humble superstar Jamaican sprinter fronted arguably the largest gathering of press in Rio to date earlier today, the 29-year-old Bolt not only confirmed the Rio Games would be his last, but that he was also absolutely certain he would achieve his final remaining career goal: become the first man ever to run sub-19 seconds for the 200m sprint.
Entering the jam-packed press conference, it took Bolt all of 5 seconds to take the event away from usual presser protocol, playfully demanding the silent media throng applaud much louder for him.
— LizzLocker (@Lizzs_Lockeroom) August 8, 2016
Then came the real good biz: The confirmation of his final Olympics, and the promise of giving the world something it’s never seen.
“I’ve always wanted to run sub-19, so I’m really focused on that.”
“I really, really, really want that one.”
For some utterly bizarre reason, one reporter in the pack decided to stand up and do a very ill-conceived rap to his (clearly) beloved Bolt.
This type of Usain Bolt fanboy rubbish is ridiculous. Be a proper journalist. IOC know he was gona do it? Possibly.pic.twitter.com/FsyHGbSODu
— Cillian O Conchuir (@killeroc) August 8, 2016
I mean, no one’s upset that you did it, it’s just I don’t think your editor would be too stoked on printing that, hey m8.
Bolt spoke of his desire to secure an extremely elusive “triple triple” in Rio. Three gold medals in three events (the 100m, the 200, and the 4x100m relay) in three successive Olympic Games, and dismissed any notion that he might be worried about competing against drug cheats (his chief rivals in both the 100 and 200 both have recorded drug bans on their records).
“In life nothing is guaranteed.”
“For me going out there I never worry about that. I just go out there and compete.”
“I think we’re going in the right direction. I must say, we’re weeding out the bad ones. I think people should have faith. We have to go through the rough times before we get to the good times.”
But Bolt refused to go out with a whimper, and as the press conference drew to a close he revealed something else was in store. Along with other members of the Jamaican track team, Bolt brought out a troupe of Samba dancers and a band to quite literally party his way out of the room.
— Tim Tonder (@TonderTim) August 8, 2016
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 8, 2016
Find me a better way to sign off on a glittering Olympic career: You absolutely cannot do it.
Usain Bolt begins his assault on the 100m crown this coming weekend.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
Photo: PACE Sports Management/Instagram.