Gold Coast - Sprint
legend Usain Bolt on Thursday accused fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake of
"panicking" in the Commonwealth Games 100 metres final - and can't wait
to tease him about it.
The eight-time Olympic champion, who retired from the sport last year
after almost a decade of freakish dominance, had warned Blake not to
bother returning to the Caribbean if he failed to win the Gold Coast
And after Blake stumbled out of the blocks on Monday to finish third
in a 100m final won by South Africa's Akani Simbine, Bolt confirmed that
he would be having words with his former Jamaica team-mate about his
"I haven't seen him, I haven't texted him," said Bolt, who is in Australia in an ambassadorial role.
"I'm waiting until I go the village and actually see him because I'm
definitely going to make fun of him and stuff like that - that's
definitely going to be a good conversation!"
"It was a little bit shocking Blake didn't win," added the 100m and
200m world record holder, who arrived on the Gold Coast on Wednesday and
headed straight for a local nightclub where he partied until the early
"I think Blake stumbled a little bit but probably panicked - that's always one of the toughest things.
"When you stumble, the worst thing you can do is panic and I think
that's what set him back. It's one of those things and now it's just
about bouncing back."
On a serious note, Bolt promised to talk to Blake about the pressures of becoming Jamaica's main man in his absence.
"We haven't really talked
about it, but I think he understands, because we've competed against
each other," said the 11-time world champion.
"He understands the pressure. I will bring it up when I see him - but I will make fun of him first."
South Africa claimed an upset one-two finish in the men's 100m final
with Henricho Bruintjies taking silver, rubbing salt into Jamaican
wounds in the first major competition since Bolt retired from the sport.
"One of my friends called me and said 'the South Africans are the
kings of sprint' and what can I say - they really showed up," said
Bolt, after showing off his football skills with some 'keepy-uppy' by
"South African athletes have shown they're ready for the world and as Jamaicans we have to keep our eyes open."
Despite Simbine's shock victory, Bolt's world record of 9.58 seconds
- set at the 2009 world championships in Berlin - never looked
threatened, the South African winning in 10.03.
Bolt though believes it's only a matter of time before someone comes along and beats it.
"Records are meant to be broken," said the 31-year-old. "Although hopefully it won't be any time soon.
"In time some young person will come along. If they have the same
work ethic, talent, and want it as much as I wanted it, the possibility