Usain Bolt recalls the time he dodged a taxi fare

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If you didn’t know before the Rio Olympics, Usain Bolt is very good at running.

The Jamaican spinner won his eighth Olympic gold medal during the 200m final, meaning he is on course for an incredible ‘triple-triple’ - winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in three consecutive Olympic Games.

But, there have been times when Bolt has needed his incredible speed other than winning Olympic gold.


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That’s because, long before he had established himself as one of the best athletes of all-time, Bolt was utilising his speed to dodge cab fares.

The Sun have uncovered an interview given by Bolt back in 2012 when he recalled the hilarious incident.

Bolt's anecdote 

“I remember this one time I was in a cab with my friends we were coming back from a party - and we are all track athletes - and they all decided to not pay the taxi man," he said.

“So they all burst out running but I wasn’t informed of this so I am sitting there looking taxi driver – after everybody runs off - he’s looking at me, and I am not about to pay for everybody.

“So I just bust out running also. That was pretty much the fastest.

“I got out and ran and he was trying to run me down. He was just trying to get paid.”

We take it the taxi driver never did get his fare that night.

Present day

Back to the present day, and the only people Bolt is running away from are his competitors. He smashed the field in the 200m in Rio, running a time of 19.78 well ahead of Andre de Grasse and co.

But, like all world-class sportsmen, Bolt is a perfectionist who still felt slightly disappointed after winning yet another gold medal.


“The sadness for me would be that it is actually a slower time. I really wanted to run faster but I came out here to win,” he said, per the Daily Mail.

“I wasn’t happy with the time when I crossed the line, but I’m excited I got the medal, that’s the key thing. The fact that I came here and I executed what I wanted is a brilliant feeling.”

Nowadays, there would be no chance of Bolt being able to escape from a taxi driver with him probably the most recognisable person in the world right now. Also, the fact that he probably has more than enough money to pay the cab fare without the need to break the law.

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