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Breaching security for a selfie

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM

There was more drama after Usain Bolt's 200m victory inside the Bird's Nest than there was during the actual race!

It must be hard being Bolt.

First, you have to run to save your sport - if you subscribe to the BBC commentary on his rivalry with Justin Gatlin, who was twice banned for drugs.

Then he got run over by a cameraman on a Segway.

After that, a kid breaches security, races over to Bolt showing some impressive speed, just so he can get a selfie with the sprinting superstar.

I hope for his sake that the selfie was worth it, because what I'm sure was not seen on the international broadcast, was the brute force that was applied when the security personnel finally got hands on him. It was clearly lost on them that this was a child. At least to us in the media tribune, he didn't look a day over 15.

Now I know that these sorts of security breaches must be dealt with seriously, after all, it could have been someone with a far more sinister intent, but there must be some room for discretion and a full understanding of the situation. You wouldn't be wrong in asking if the kid was a terrorist. At one point, I was expecting to see helicopters hovering above and heavily armed men jumping out of them onto the Bird's Nest track.

Anyway, congratulations to Usain Bolt and Shericka Jackson on their medals. I've been writing for weeks that Bolt was back to or near his best so there's no surprise in what he has done here, but I really only started to look at Shericka as a medal prospect after the semi-finals. She showed tremendous maturity to execute what was an amazing race, especially for someone who doesn't like the event!

Side note.

I've realised that Jamaican journalists are a perfect microcosm of certain elements of Jamaican society.

For instance, they really cannot be anywhere without everybody else knowing. Jamaicans are loud.

Jamaicans make fun of everything and love a good laugh. It's always a trip inside the Mixed Zone when we all gather from our various stations to chat to the athletes.

Jamaicans are very territorial. There's somewhat of a 'Jamaican corner' in the Mixed Zone. The Mixed Zone marshals refer to it as such, the other journalists refer to it as such, even when we move, the athletes seem confused and refer to it as such.

When people see the Jamaicans in the Mixed Zone, they typically slide over and free up the 'Jamaican corner.' You know, a little order goes a far way.