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Morning Mail: Usain Bolt stops interview to honor U.S. National Anthem (video)

Aug 7, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

Jamaica's Usain Bolt salutes before his men's 200m round 1 heat at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium Reuters

So Usain Bolt had just won the 100 meters semifinal, and was giving what must have been one of dozens of interviews near the track — this one with a Spanish TV reporter. But as he was being interviewed, American Sanya Richards-Ross was on the podium to receive her gold medal in the 400-meter dash. Hearing the U.S. National Anthem begin to blare over the sound system, Bolt halted the interview to stand in silence in honor of the anthem.’s Kate Hicks:

“As much as I love watching the USA take the gold in as many events as possible, that is what the Olympics are all about: sportsmanship and respect.”

Bolt, by the way, found a way to honor the Swedish women’s handball team as well after he won the 100 meters.


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  1. southernpatriots - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Usain is classy. He is truly a class act. During our recent trip to Jamaica we met many lifelong friends and family members who related his many acts of selflessness when racing others who became injured or could not race due to an injury. Because of his class and sportsmanship to athletes around the world, he has gained a most favorable reputation and is one of the most rewarded (sponsorships, honorariums, prize money, guaranteed money, etc.) of all athletes in track and field. Other athletes should take note.

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Classy? Maybe. Humble? Arrogant? You decide.
      Bolt said to reporters “I am a living legend” and added ” I am the greatest athlete to live”……What a tool. Yeah ok Bolt you’re a “living legend” until next year when some guy breaks your record.

  2. guinsrule - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    “Hooray Beer!”

  3. jerseyshoregiant - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Just in case you didn’t know. The winner of that gold medal is the wife of 2 time super bowl winner, former NY Giant Aaron Ross.

  4. mogogo1 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    One of the classiest moves I’ve ever seen, made all the classier by the fact the reporter was totally oblivious to what was going on. The big star is self aware but the “journalist” is the clueless one…go figure.

  5. Senor Cardgage - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I think he would have paused no matter whose anthem it was. The fact that it was the U.S. anthem is incidental.