Why Usain Bolt can be called a living legend
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On Thursday 9th August Usain bolt made history (again) as he defended his 200m Olympic title at London 2012. The victory, which saw him beat teammate and rival Yohan Blake , also Jamaican, means Bolt is the first man to win the 200m sprint double twice in succession. Bolt, in his usual commandeering style said after winning the race: “It’s what I came here to do,” followed by “I’m now a legend. I’m also the greatest athlete to live.” His riveting performance on the track was matched by an equally entertaining display in his press conference and victory lap making it my favourite event of the Olympics, if only for the sheer entertainment value. Never mind the race, the victory lap saw Bolt perform push ups on the line, his signature move and being draped by his country’s flag. It also saw him dabble in photography as he captured Blake and Weir on camera and milk the audience for even more applause, though I’m pretty sure he didn’t have to. He finished his press conference by telling the assembled journalists "one more thing..."I am now a living legend. Bask in my glory," before promptly leaving the room. Now, you would be mistaken if you called Bolt humble, for humble he is not. But his cockiness is surprisingly inoffensive. The guy is charismatic, he emanates confidence, he’s against the grain, funny, charming and knows how to works a crowd. He’s not only an athletic star, but a star of the track too. He is legendry not only because of his running skill. The humble nature of other athletes seem to pale into oblivion and unimportance in front of Bolt. The man has style, and he’s proud of it.
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