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SBD Global/August 7, 2012/Olympics
Bolt's Gold Means More Sponsors, Compliments From Coe, Parties In Kingston
Published August 7, 2012
WINNING PRAISE: In London, Owen Gibson cited LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe saying Bolt's victory in a new Olympic record time was "never in doubt," complementing his ability to "close the deal." Coe said that Bolt possessed an "unerring ability to deliver when the pressure was at its most intense." Coe: "Whatever you say about the gestures and the cabaret, the guy knows how to close the deal. That is the essential and crucial asset in these championships. I never thought he would lose last night. The difference between winning and losing is the way you control yourself for the last 40 minutes, and he does that to perfection" (GUARDIAN, 8/6).
CITY OF GOLD: Also in London, Kwesi Mugisa wrote on the eve of celebrating Jamaica's 50th year of independence, a historic one-two by Bolt and his countryman and training partner Yohan Blake was "more than enough reason" to send spectators who marched to the city centre of Kingston into a "joyous frenzy." Celebrations included blaring plastic horns, banging pot covers and motorists honking their horns, who were "oblivious to the fact that everything in the usually busy thoroughfare had ground to a halt." Some went as far as to compare Bolt's accomplishments with those of another "popular Jamaican icon." Kingston local Damion Brown said following the final, "Usain take over from Bob Marley. It was Bob that was Jamaica hero. Now is Usain" (GUARDIAN, 8/6).
THE DRAWBACK: Bolt said that his normal routine had been "disrupted by the myriad rules" imposed by organisers of the London Games. Bolt: "There are a lot of rules, oh my God. You can't do anything. I was coming and wanted to bring my tablets in, and they said I couldn't. I asked why. It is just a rule. I had my skipping rope in my bag, and they said I can't bring it in. Why? It is just a rule." Bolt said that he hoped to defend his title in Rio. Bolt: "I'll be 30, but I hope I'll be there. This Gold means I am one step closer to being a legend, so I'm working toward that" (London TELEGRAPH, 8/6).