Usain Bolt has a unique way of turning the most serious moments into carefree ones.
In his 200m semi-final, the Jamaican shared a joke with Andre de Grasse as he crossed the finish line.
And prior to Thursday night’s final, while his rivals geared up for the 200m final by getting into the zone, Bolt’s warm-up consisted of performing the dab and various other dance moves.
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It’s worth pointing out that this was a highly-pressurised situation. The 29-year-old was attempting to win an eighth Olympic gold medal, and he had intentions of running under his world record time of 19.19 seconds.
Yet you couldn’t tell by his warm-up routine. Bolt, bobbing his head as he listened to music, could have been mistaken for a raver who’d accidentally found his way into the Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange.
Bolt's pre-race moves
Of course, this mellowing tactic worked wonderfully. Bolt was the only man to run under 20 seconds as he kept his dream of completing the triple-triple - three successive wins in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at an Olympic games - alive.
He can realise that dream on Saturday night when he runs with his Jamaican teammates in the 4x100m final, which will be his final ever event at the Olympics.
Bolt: I am getting older
Bolt, who turns 30 on Sunday, admitted after winning the 200m final in 19.78 seconds that his legs didn’t work as hard as he wanted them to.
“I am getting older and I am slowing down so I need to get out of the sport,” he reflected.
But don’t worry too much. Chances are you’ll see Bolt in a nightclub near you.
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