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Usain Bolt calls out ’embarrassing’ Jamaican sprinters

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Usain Bolt called out his fellow Jamaican Olympic medalists Yohan Blake and Warren Weir as well as the next generation of his countrymen who have been slower than the top U.S. sprinters in the two years since Bolt retired.

“I’ve walked away from the sport, and no one is there to pick it up, pick up the pieces, keep the level,” Bolt said in a Jamaica Gleaner interview published last week. “It’s embarrassing for the country. Every time I see people, [they say] come back. We need you. But you have so much talent in Jamaica.”

In 2018, Jamaica had none of the 10 fastest men in the world for the first time since 2003. This year, Blake is the lone Jamaican who has broken 10 seconds, while five Americans have done so.

Blake, 29, is the second-fastest sprinter in history and beat Bolt at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic trials but has lost multiple steps since a series of leg injuries beginning in 2013.

Led by Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin, the U.S. could sweep the 100m podium at the world championships in late September. Jamaica hasn’t missed an Olympic or world podium in the men’s 100m since 2004.

While Bolt earned most of those medals, Jamaica boasted a deep group with Blake, Weir, former world-record holder Asafa PowellNesta Carter and Michael Frater. All are now 29 years or older.

“I don’t think it is going to get any better because I think these youngsters are a little bit spoiled,” Bolt said of his countrymen, according to Reuters.

Bolt reacted to Blake, Weir and fellow veteran Kemar Bailey-Cole splitting from Glen Mills, the coach whom they shared with Bolt. Bolt said that sprinters who left Mills “disrespected” the coach on social media.

“[Mills] took you to the highest level that you have ever been,” he said. “They probably won’t get back to that level, but he has brought you there. … If you don’t work hard and you don’t train hard, how can you be great? When Warren Weir got to the level that he is, I remember Warren Weir taking days off to go to Florida and [fellow sprinter] Jason Young. Just randomly, take a week off from training. … frolicking and just relaxing. Who does that in a season?

“These youngsters, they feel like because they got the contract … they feel like they’ve made it. That is the problem. No one wants to listen. No one has the fight in them or the anger to be great. If you don’t want it, then it don’t matter how much I speak. I’ve spoken to all these young athletes from Bailey-Cole to Blake, all of them, I’ve had conversations. You know what I mean? They don’t want to hear it.”

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Usain Bolt having fun at Super Bowl, ‘ties’ NFL Combine 40-yard dash record

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As they sing in the song, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”

And it may just be the mantra for Jamaica’s eight-time Olympic gold medalist, and all-around showman, Usain Bolt. While attending the Super Bowl Experience in Atlanta, Bolt couldn’t resist toeing the line at the Combine Corner’s 40-yard dash challenge.

Bolt, wearing a T-shirt, track pants and a pair of flat-soled Pumas, casually crossed the finish line with the very unofficial time of 4.22 seconds. Bolt’s time “ties” the NFL Combine record set by John Ross in 2017.

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Usain Bolt says brief pro soccer career was ‘fun while it lasted’

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Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt‘s dabbling in pro soccer has come to a close.

Bolt, who set his sights on a soccer career following his retirement from track and field in 2017, told ESPN, “It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was different from track and field and it was fun while it lasted.”

The Jamaican sprinting sensation has said his longtime dream – admittedly far-fetched – was to play for Manchester United. He spent time training with several clubs, including Borussia Dortmund, Stromsgodset in Norway, and Central Coast Mariners in Australia. He scored twice in a friendly match for the Mariners but the club announced in November it would not sign Bolt after failed negotiations.

The 32-year-old told ESPN his focus is now centered on his business ventures: “I’m just doing many different things…the sports life is over, so I’m now moving into different businesses, I have a lot of things in the pipeline, so as I say, I’m just dabbling in everything and trying to be a business man now.”