Usain Bolt keeps relay baton as souvenir after successfully fighting officials

Usain Bolt had another outstanding Summer Games. He won gold in the 100, 200, and 4×100 relay, and the man just wanted a souvenir to take home to Jamaica. Unfortunately, some Olympics officials were standing in his way.

Bolt had just run the final leg of the 4×100 relay at a blistering pace to help Jamaica set a world record in the event on Saturday. But instead of handing the “stick” to an official, he kept it:

Two officials reportedly caught up with Bolt and demanded he hand over the baton, threatening to disqualify Jamaica if he didn’t. Bolt reportedly had an animated discussion with the officials and handed over the baton, leading to boos from the crowd.

The officials must have heard the boos because they relented and decided to let Bolt keep the souvenir.

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Usain Bolt rips Carl Lewis after winning gold in 200

Usain Bolt isn’t just celebrating and boasting after becoming the first man to win the 200-meter race in two Olympics. He’s also lashing out.

The Jamaican sprinter ripped former American track and field star Carl Lewis, who won 10 Olympic medals including nine golds spread over four Olympiads. Lewis has expressed several doubts about Bolt and the other Jamaican runners over the past few years, and Bolt felt the need to address matters.

“I’m going to say something controversial. Carl Lewis – I have no respect for him,” Bolt said in his post-race press conference, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson. “The things he says about the track athletes are very downgrading. I think he’s just looking for attention because nobody really talks about him. I’ve lost all respect for him. All respect.”

Bolt explained why he has a negative opinion of Lewis.

“All the drug stuff,”Bolt said. “For an athlete to be out of the sport and to be saying that is really upsetting.”

The “drug stuff” refers to comments Lewis made to Sports Illustrated in 2008. Here’s what he said (via the Telegraph):

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Usain Bolt: ‘I’m the greatest athlete to live’

Usain Bolt proved that he is the fastest track and field sprinter in the world by winning the 100 and 200-meter races at the London Olympics, but the Jamaican runner took matters a step further.

The often boastful sprinter declared after dusting the field in the 200 on Thursday that he is the “greatest athlete to live.”

“It’s what I came here to do. I’m now a legend. I’m also the greatest athlete to live,” Bolt said, per SI’s Richard Deitsch.

I’m not sure if Bolt meant that he is the greatest athlete to ever live, or that he is currently the greatest athlete alive, but does it matter? Bolt has proved for the second straight Summer Games that he is the fastest competitive runner in the world. He became the first man to win the 200-meter sprint in two Olympics, and the first man to win both the 100 and 200 in different Olympiads.

Bolt’s comments should not come as a surprise. He stated in June that he already had his “living legend” speech planned for when he won the 200 in London, and he’s displayed a strong touch of Muhammad Ali’s boastfulness for quite some time.

After winning the 200, Bolt got down and did some pushups, and then kissed the track. He also put his finger to his mouth before crossing the finish line in order to hush the crowd (pictured above). He’s all about being a showman. But is he the greatest athlete in the world right now?

If you break things down based on relative dominance by sport, other athletes such as Lionel Messi, Michael Phelps, and LeBron James would be in the debate. Maybe if Bolt tried his hardest in all his races we would truly see how much better he is than his competitors, but he frequently takes it easy during races (including the 100 and 200 at the Olympics). Of course, given his concern with trying to be a showman, maybe this is all part of creating the intrigue.

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Chris Johnson: I could probably beat Usain Bolt in the 40-yard dash

Chris Johnson is fast. In fact, he may be the fastest player in the NFL when healthy. Johnson ran a blazing 4.24 40-yard dash at the NFL combine back in 2008. Nobody knows how Usain Bolt would do in the 40, but we do know he is recognized as the fastest man in the world. That hasn’t stopped Johnson from believing he can beat Bolt in a race.

“I feel like if I would have kept training for track I’d have a chance, but I play football and he runs track, so it’s totally different,” Johnson said according to The Tennessean. “I think I could still probably beat him in the 40. If I actually trained for the distance he trained for, I think I’d have a chance.

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Usain Bolt has a marijuana strand named after him: ‘Usain Bolt OG’

Usain Bolt is one of the fastest runners to ever live. Typically runners who are competing in a sprint against him know they have no chance. While you may not ever be able to smoke Bolt on the track, the good news is people now have an opportunity to actually smoke him.

According to TMZ.com, California marijuana dispensaries have been selling a strand of weed called “Usain Bolt OG” since the Olympics began. If the story sounds familiar, it may be because California weed shops were selling a strand of weed named after Jeremy Lin not too long ago. We saw what unfolded to result in that product being taken off the market, so it will be interesting to see if the Usain Bolt weed has the same fate.

One Mary Jane shop employee said the weed was named after Bolt because it is so “fast-hitting.” Isn’t that clever? Attention Olympic athletes: you can’t smoke this weed just because it’s named after one of your fellow competitors. As we have already learned, blaming a failed drug test on a pot brownie will earn you no sympathy.

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Usain Bolt stops during interview to acknowledge U.S. National Anthem (Video)

While respecting an opposing country’s national anthem is something you would expect any Olympic athlete to do, we know that is not always the case. Following one of his recent preliminary race’s in London, Usain Bolt was in the middle of an interview when the US National Anthem began playing as Sanya Richards-Ross was being presented with her gold medal. Bolt instantly stopped the interview — which was being aired live — to acknowledge the presentation and show respect for a fellow athlete.

For those of you who are thinking “what’s the big deal,” there are plenty of athletes who would just continue their interview without thinking twice about it. That doesn’t mean they would be disrespecting a fellow competitor or country intentionally, but the fact that Bolt didn’t think twice about it says a lot about his character. He may be cocky and even a bit clumsy at times, but Usain deserves credit for the classy gesture.

Usain Bolt statue in Britain points the wrong way

The Birmingham City Council recently presented Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt with the ultimate honor — a statue. The wicker statue stands six feet high and cost roughly $23,000 to construct. It shows the three-time Olympic gold medalist striking his famous pointing pose. The only problem is that the statue points the wrong way.

As you can see from the photo on the right, Bolt points upward and to the left with his left arm fully extended. The statue, which can be seen here, shows the sprinter doing the exact opposite.

“Next you’ll say the face doesn’t look like him,” the council said according to The Sun.

That would be a bit different. It’s extremely difficult to make a statue’s face look exactly like the person it is created for. Having it point the correct way is not that complicated of a task.

As the gentleman who got the right-handed Bubba Watson tattoo would likely tell you, it’s the thought that counts.