Next’s what? Double treble
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Usain Bolt, the greatest sprinter of all time, will look to top off another epic Olympic campaign on Saturday when he goes in the 4x100m relay, chasing his third gold medal of the London Games. The Jamaican, who already has the 100m and 200m golds under his belt, is eyeing a second consecutive Olympic golden treble after winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Beijing. But the Jamaicans will not have it all their own way, missing the injured Asafa Powell from their stellar line-up in a likely two-way battle with a powerful US team. "It could be a world record but you can never say because it's a relay and it's a baton so you never know," said Bolt.
No respect for Lewis
Bolt has "lost all respect" for Carl Lewis after the US sprint legend restated his concerns over the toughness of Jamaica's drug-testing policy. "I'm going to say something controversial right now. Carl Lewis, I've no respect for him. The things he says about the track athletes is really downgrading. He's just looking for attention really because nobody really talks about," said Bolt, who emphasised that Jamaica's sprint success was all down to hard work.
The race done with and the status of a 'legend' assured, Bolt went on to do a few sets of press-ups on field, before taking a camera off a photographer to click his own Kodak moments. He got Yohan Blake to pose for him and then turned his attention to the bevy of media photographers, who were in turn photographing him. He then turned around and used the fisheye lens on the crowd.
Behind the incident is also the story of the Swedish photographer Jimmy Wixtrom who had been tailing Bolt for a week, asking the athlete if he could take a photo of him before the race. Bolt apparently promised him that they could do so after the race, and the photographer wore the same hat all week so he would be recognised. Wixtrom called Bolt a 'charming' photographer and also admitted that the athlete called him a 'stalker,' though with a wink and a smile.
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