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Usain Bolt celebrates in style at Commonwealth Games; plans 2017 retirement

Aug 2, 2014, 7:02 PM EST

Usain Bolt AP

Usain Bolt danced to a popular Scottish song, sprinted on a wet track for 10 seconds and took a half-hour victory lap, wearing a tartan hat and scarf for much of it at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday.

Bolt, at his first meet of 2014 after missing the early season with a foot injury, anchored the Jamaican 4x100m relay team to gold in a Commonwealth Games-record time (race video here).

He confirmed afterward that he planned to retire after the 2017 World Championships, which he also indicated two years ago.

“I have always said that after Rio [de Janeiro 2016 Olympics] I wanted to retire, but they keep saying I should go onto 2017, so I think I might just do that, so that will be my last championship,” Bolt said, according to News Corp Australia.

“This training thing is not so easy. I am just happy I have done what I wanted to do in this sport.

“I remember I asked Michael Johnson why he retired when he was on top, and he told me there wasn’t nothing left to accomplish.

“When you are in sport and you have accomplished everything, then you should just retire. Because to stay in sports with these young kids coming up, you may just start getting beaten and for me, I hate losing.”

In the race, the six-time Olympic champion crossed the finish line at Hampden Park in 37.58 seconds.

He received the red baton about even with England and opened up a .44 winning margin, running hard for his leg and even dipping at the finish.

Then the party began. Bolt flashed his signature “To Di World” pose and yelled, “Money in the bank!” in front of a camera.

He spent about a half-hour on his victory lap, putting on a blue and green tartan hat and scarf and carrying both the Jamaican and Scottish flags.

He stopped for several selfies and even took a fan’s camera for his own selfie in front of five girls. The embrace of Scotland was even more significant given a Times of London report he made disparaging comments about the Commonwealth Games last week, comments Bolt refuted.

“I tell you man, these selfies make victory laps very long,” Bolt said, according to News Corp Australia.

Here’s Bolt dancing before the race to The Proclaimers’ song, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”:

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  1. sailbum7 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Bolt is one incredible sprinter. It is good to hear that he is planning on retiring after the 2016 Olympics/2017 Worlds. There is nothing more pathetic than an athlete who tries to hang on when they are past their prime because they can not take stepping out of the spotlight and giving up the adoration that goes with it. It will be sad to see the end of his career since he has been such a positive influence on the sport and brought a lot of positive publicity, but going out on top is definitely the right thing to do. Bolt seems to be relatively intelligent and I would be fairly sure that he has already made plans for what he is going to do after his running career ends. I have been to Jamaica a couple of times since Bolt came to prominence and it is apparent that he is a hero to many children in the country and a well loved public figure. If he chooses, he could probably be successful going into politics after he retires.

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