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'Living legend' - Bolt outlines wording for victory speech at London Olympics

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrating his world record run in the 100m at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany. - File

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

There may still be a few weeks left to go before the big show, but triple Olympic champion and world-record holder Usain Bolt has already thought about his Olympic Games victory speech.

Bolt, who set world records en route to winning gold medals in the 100m, 200m and as a part of Jamaica's 4x100m relay team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, in a report carried by British publication Daily Mail, said: "At the end of London 2012, I want to go into the press conference and say before anyone asks me a question - 'You are now looking at a living legend'. That's what I want to say before that last press conference after my 200m final."

The Jamaican, who repeated his Beijing exploits at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin before winning gold in the 200m and 4x100m after false starting in the 100m at the most recent World Champion-ships in Daegu, South Korea last year, is currently getting ready for the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) National Senior Championships, which gets under way in two weeks inside the National Stadium.

One of the athletes expected to keep Bolt on his toes at the senior championships is 100m World Champion Yohan Blake, who is expected to line up in both the 100m and 200m. Only Bolt's 19.19 200m world record is faster than Blake's 19.26 personal best, which was done on the circuit at the back end of last season.

'Just another athlete'

While accepting that Blake is motivated to pull an upset, particularly at the Olympics, as far as Bolt is concerned, Blake, who he actually trains alongside at the Racers Track Club, is 'just another athlete'.

"Yohan really wants to beat me at the Olympics so he's working hard and really pushing himself," said Bolt. "But for me he is just another athlete. I'm not worried, I know what I'm capable of. I know what I can do so all I have to do is go out there and do it."

Bolt has been in scintillating form this season as he is responsible for the three fastest times recorded so far this year with a season's best of 9.76, which was done in Rome a few weeks ago.

This performance came just a few days after a lukewarm performance in Oslo, where Bolt clocked 10.04, raising concerns in some quarters about his form going into the senior championships. Among the most concerned was his father Leslie, who Bolt shared, was one of the first persons he spoke to after the race.

"I don't really talk to my parents before a race. My mom has more confidence in me, but my dad stresses a lot, especially when he hears something about me.

"When I ran 10.03 I called him (father) and he said 'What's wrong with you?'"

Bolt will, however, enter the June 28-July 1 JAAA/SVL National Senior Championships as the overwhelming favourite to win the 100m and 200m double and move on to continue his dominance at the Olympic Games in London in just over a month's time.