Olympics 2012

Bolt happy to take baton home

2012-08-12 12:45
Usain Bolt (AP)

London - Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt thought he'd been stymied by another one of the pesky rules at the London Games.

He asked to keep the baton from the world record 4x100 men's relay team on Saturday night and was told no by an Olympics official. The crowd booed, and Bolt walked away disgusted.

Eventually, it was returned.

"I asked and I guess somebody talked to the guy and said you need to give him that back. So I got it," Bolt said.

Bolt said its the first baton he's ever asked for, and he asked his three Jamaican team-mates to sign it. They also posed for a picture he plans to frame and hang with the baton.

Apparently the only other picture Bolt has in his home is of the relay handoff from four years ago in Beijing.

Blake said Bolt's desire to get the baton showed his team-mates how special the night was to the six-time gold medallist.

"He's not sure about the next Olympics. He says he want a legacy of his own; he wants to start his collection," Blake said. "That's why he wanted the baton so much, so all us can sign it and he can frame it."

Jamaica stormed to a world record-breaking 4x100m relay win in 36.84sec.

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