Usain Bolt need not worry. The Segway cameraman who took him down at the last world championships joked that he will not be at this year’s worlds, the final meet of Bolt’s career starting this week.
Song Tao, of China’s CCTV, recorded a video message to Bolt that was played at the Jamaican’s press conference on Tuesday in London.
“Good luck at your final,” Song said, according to subtitles. “I promise that I won’t be there. Or maybe I will!”
“You inspired me to become more focused in my work,” Song added, according to The Associated Press.
Bolt smiled and laughed.
“It went from zero to 100 so quick,” Bolt recalled of the viral 2015 World Championships 200m victory lap collision. “I was just walking, smiling, waving to everybody. Next thing I know I find myself going backwards. I have no idea what’s going on. It was shocking, but it was funny. At the end I didn’t get hurt, so it was funny.”
A day later, Song presented Bolt a red bracelet at Bolt’s medal ceremony. They posed for pictures.
As for this year, Bolt is expected to retire after the world championships in London, where the 100m final is on Saturday (NBC and NBC Sports Gold, 3 p.m. ET) and the 4x100m is Aug. 12 (NBC and NBC Sports Gold, 3 p.m. ET).
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