Bolt on song in London

2013-07-27 20:55
Usain Bolt (AP)
London - Usain Bolt sprinted to a second Diamond League victory inside 24 hours in London on Saturday in what could be his last race in England.

Exactly a year after the start of the 2012 Summer Games, Bolt anchored a Jamaican relay team to victory at the London leg of the Diamond League in the Olympic Stadium.

The Racers Track Club finished the 4x100 race in 37.74 seconds, a day after Bolt's victory in the individual sprint in the London stadium where he swept three gold medals last year.

"We haven't run a lot of relays together, but just being around each other we can understand each other and know how fast we are personally so it worked out very well," Bolt said.

The 26-year-old Bolt led home teammates Mario Forsythe, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Warren Weir ahead of France and Canada.

"I'm the team leader and I try to keep them focused and give them wisdom," Bolt said.

About 60 000 fans packed into the Olympic Stadium which temporarily reopened to host the Diamond League meet before closing again to be revamped into a multi-sport stadium, which will be used by Premier League team West Ham from the 2016-17 season.

"It is always beautiful and always wonderful in London, I really enjoy it here," Bolt said. "It is just an extremely great stadium and I am happy."

Bolt isn't happy, though, with the country's tax laws.

He only returned to London to compete because the British government agreed to an amnesty that allowed international athletes to compete tax-free at this meet as they did at the Olympics. Taxes are usually imposed on appearance fees and prize money for non-resident athletes in all sports when in action here.

Bolt said returning here to race "depends on what the tax laws say, if they say it's OK I will be here next year."

A tax exemption is in place for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, but Bolt is not committing to competing in the Scottish city.

And the government does not appear willing to waive its tax rules whenever it suits Bolt.

"You have to be a little bit careful about this," Sports Minister Hugh Robertson told The Associated Press. "We have a very straight forward modus operandi with the Treasury whereby whenever we need a tax break for a particular event we make the case, they look at it and they have been very good at granting it as they were for Usain Bolt.

"You have to just realize, though, that all these decisions are taken against the backdrop of the national economy and giving and giving tax breaks to wealthy sports stars when the economy is in the state it is at the moment is something that needs careful
decision on a case-by-case basis."

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