Usain Bolt press conferences are always worth going to. Usually he's in a jovial, celebratory mood, but even tonight with a 3rd place finish, he could make people laugh as he took offense at a reporter's question.
That occurred tonight when a journalist asked the medallists if they thought the slower sprint times at this yearâ€™s Worlds were because of stronger anti-doping controls and Usain Bolt took offense. Â The journalist pointed out that this was the slowest 100m winning time since 2003, and "the marks in general were much slower than the last edition of the world championships and I'd like to know from you guys if you think there is any kind of relationship (with the slower times) from a stronger anti doping control.â€
Bolt interjected, "Wo, Wo, Woa what? What's she saying?â€
The journalists started to talk again and Bolt said, "I heard Â you but what?"
She then explained there were 21 sub 10 times at the Beijing Worlds and less than 10 here. As she was explaining herself, Bolt signalled to the other two medallists that he wanted to answer the question.
He then said, â€œFirst of all I'm sure Â everyone up here takes that (as) very disrespectful. You know what I mean. I, we've worked hard. Justin has done his time throughout the years and he's proven himself over and over again. I've proven myself over and over again. The young kid just coming in, Coleman, has done great. He's performed himself to show the world to show he's going to be a great athlete. There's something called injury and sometimes everything don't go (as) smoothly as you want to, there's negative wind. There's so much different things (that can affect the 100), so for you to just directly say something or state something Â to all 3 of us like that I take that disrespectfully, you know what I mean? Because we've done so much great things throughout the years. Yes it's slow but we came out and we put on a good show for everybody, you now what I mean? (Pause) Wow."
Gatlin then spoke, "As athletes regardless of what the sport is we're human being still. We have to perform. We work hard. We train everyday as you all are sitting typing on your computers... Of course sometimes our times are not going to be the best.... We push ourselves to the best we can do and tonight that was the best the world could give and we still made it the most exciting race you've probably seen all year and it was so close. So I don't think it's an algorithm to an anti-doping issue."
Coleman was then asked by the moderator if he had anything to add and he deadpanned, "I think they pretty much said it all"Â asÂ the room erupted in laughter.
It's worth a watch. Â Bolt can be very charming and funny and he was here, even as he took offense at the reporter's question. The clip below is set to start at the relevant point.