Jamaica legend Usain Bolt suffered an injury midway in his anchor leg of the men’s 4×100 metres relay and pulled out of the last race of his career at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday.
Bolt, who suffered his first 100 meter defeat in nine years on August 5, apparently had a pulled leg only 30 metres into the race. He limped to the finish line in agony and was taken away in a wheelchair.
The master sprinter left the final championship of his 13-year-long career with only a bronze from the individual 100m run. The incident has shaken his fans all over the world and has been called unfortunate and sad.
Here we bring you some of the best quotes by the sprinting legend Usain Bolt:
“I like to entertain, because that’s what people come out and see. I try to make it different; this is why people love me so much.”
“I have broken every record there is to break, in every event I have ever done. For me, I have proven myself since I was 15. I have shown I was always going to be great. I am confident in myself and my team, the people I work with. And I know I am clean.” ‘’A lot of legends, a lot of people, have come before me. But this is my time.’’
‘’I love competing. I am so competitive. I definitely need to win because I hate losing. I am the type who if I know I will lose I won’t compete.’’
“I am Lightning Bolt! I am not Flash Gordon or anybody. My name is Bolt, Lightning Bolt.”
‘’I have just accepted certain things and it makes it easier. I accept I will get injured. I accept I cannot win every race. I work hard to decrease the chances of those things happening but I accept they will happen. A lot of people don’t accept it. They get injured, they go crazy.’’
‘’You have to get to the worst to get better.’’
‘’You do not want to get married at 22! Especially if you’re famous, because girls are going to be throwing themselves at you.’’
‘’There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher.’’
‘’I wouldn’t say I’m a phenomenon, just a great athlete.’’
‘’The three-peat has never been attempted, ever, and for me, I think it will add to my legendary status. I want to become one of the greatest athletes ever to have competed in any sport, so for me, that’s what it means.’’
‘’I am a living legend; bask in my glory.’’
(With IANS inputs)