Usain Bolt danced to a popular Scottish song, sprinted on a wet track for 10 seconds and took a half-hour victory lap, wearing a tartan hat and scarf for much of it at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday.
Bolt, at his first meet of 2014 after missing the early season with a foot injury, anchored the Jamaican 4x100m relay team to gold in a Commonwealth Games-record time (race video here).
He confirmed afterward that he planned to retire after the 2017 World Championships, which he also indicated two years ago.
“I have always said that after Rio [de Janeiro 2016 Olympics] I wanted to retire, but they keep saying I should go onto 2017, so I think I might just do that, so that will be my last championship,” Bolt said, according to News Corp Australia.
“This training thing is not so easy. I am just happy I have done what I wanted to do in this sport.
“I remember I asked Michael Johnson why he retired when he was on top, and he told me there wasn’t nothing left to accomplish.
“When you are in sport and you have accomplished everything, then you should just retire. Because to stay in sports with these young kids coming up, you may just start getting beaten and for me, I hate losing.”
In the race, the six-time Olympic champion crossed the finish line at Hampden Park in 37.58 seconds.
He received the red baton about even with England and opened up a .44 winning margin, running hard for his leg and even dipping at the finish.
Then the party began. Bolt flashed his signature “To Di World” pose and yelled, “Money in the bank!” in front of a camera.
He spent about a half-hour on his victory lap, putting on a blue and green tartan hat and scarf and carrying both the Jamaican and Scottish flags.
He stopped for several selfies and even took a fan’s camera for his own selfie in front of five girls. The embrace of Scotland was even more significant given a Times of London report he made disparaging comments about the Commonwealth Games last week, comments Bolt refuted.
“I tell you man, these selfies make victory laps very long,” Bolt said, according to News Corp Australia.
Here’s Bolt dancing before the race to The Proclaimers’ song, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”:
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