USAIN BOLT IS A LEGEND IN HIS OWN MIND… AND OKAY, EVERYONE ELSE’S: Bolt was pretty relaxed before the 4 x 100m relay, doing the Mo-bot and flexing for the crowd.
Yohan Blake looked a little more tense.
Bolt sought out the NBC camera, which you know was already on him, to deliver a message after the repeat: “They’ve been doubting me for years. All season they’ve been talking. Who’s number one? Who’s still a legend? Who is it? Me. Number one, every day, all day. Believe me.” (Cut to Bob Costas in the studio: “And as great as he is, I guess it’s hard to have a higher opinion of Usain Bolt than he has of himself.”)
Best use of a flag as an accessory. Bolt was asked what repeating his three golds said about him. His answer: there’s no doubt he’s a legend. Is it arrogance if it’s factually correct? It’s like asking Michael Phelps if he’s the greatest Olympian of all time. Technically, he is. (Though he tries not to say it himself.)
In other track results: The U.S. women handily defeated Russia in the 4 x 400m relay, prompting commentator Ato Bolton to proclaim: “Oh say can you see, the United States women have completely dominated the relays at these Olympics.” The U.S.’s 21-year-old Brigetta Barrett took silver in the women’s high jump behind Russia’s Anna Chicherova. Loved her stylish start, would probably have hated to be in the infield while Barrett sang to calm herself.
This is Belgium’s flagbearer, who finished sixth in high jump, but has the most badass Olympic last name after Hooker and Takeshita.
Loved that “You can’t touch this” move she did, which you know is why she even made the telecast.
Britain’s Mo Farah followed his memorable 10,000m win with a gold in the 5,000m. In a taped interview with Ryan Seacrest, he said because of the crowd’s loud cheers, he couldn’t even feel his feet for the last 200m of that 5,000m race. Just his introduction was deafening this time. I yelled and pushed him to the finish line from my couch. The stadium went insane. Mo celebrated with the Mo-bot… and a few crunches.
South Africa’s flagbearer Caster Semenya took silver in the women’s 800m behind Russia’s Mariya Savinova. It’s a shame NBC didn’t save the Mary Carillo piece it ran Saturday afternoon on Semenya and the gender testing she was forced to undergo in 2009 for primetime. It would have brought more attention to the controversial issue of the international federation that governs track and field deciding that female athletes must have testosterone levels between certain numbers.
NEXT: Volleyball and the obligatory Phelps mention