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'Nothing personal'

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 5:00 AMShayne Fairman
file American Ryan Bailey (left) celebrates his team's 4x100m win at the IAAF World Relays.

Big American sprinter, Ryan Bailey, says his celebration at the end of the men's 4x100 metres at last weekend's IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas was nothing personal.

Bailey imitated Usain Bolt's famous 'To de Worl' celebration then wiped the front of his neck with one finger after finishing well in front of the Jamaican icon on the anchor leg. The American said the win means more for his country, than himself.

"I didn't beat Bolt, Team USA beat Team Jamaica," he told The Gleaner yesterday.

"We haven't beaten Jamaica in the last seven or eight years, so for us to finally win ... it felt like we are finally coming back to where we used to be," he added.

"It (the celebration) was nothing personal at all. Me and Bolt, we are friends. I just poke a little fun, nothing personal was meant by it at all," he reasoned. "I think it was definitely misunderstood and taken the wrong way, it was just for fun," stressed Bailey.

In the meantime, the American is happy with his pre-season form so far.

"It's been good; I've been really getting good training in. I've been focused on running a couple more 200m this year," he said, adding that they (200m) have "been helping me a lot with my 100m speed."