Retired star Usain Bolt showed that he is still a few steps ahead when he posted a photo of beating his rivals at the Beijing Olympics with the insolent caption: “social distance”.
Bolt’s post, with a photo of AFP photographer Nicolas Asfouri from the 2008 Olympics 100m final, exploded on social media, attracting over half a million likes and 90,000 retweets.
He showed the Jamaican crossing the finish line at Bird’s Nest stadium in a world record time of 9.69 seconds, looking at track four as his desperate competitors followed two steps behind.
“Savage,” commented a Twitter user, while New York Times journalist Christopher Clarey posted another photo of Bolt on the front on his own, with the caption “self-isolation”.
Bolt’s celebration in Beijing added to a legend that grew even more when he won the 200m in another world record time. He retired in 2017 with eight Olympic gold medals and the current 100m mark of 9.58s, established in 2009.
Bolt, 33, encourages Jamaicans to isolate themselves during the coronavirus pandemic by posting videos of himself exercising at home and juggling with a friend. He also helped to promote a major fundraising event, Telethon Jamaica.
After retiring from athletics, Manchester United fan Bolt tried to start a football career and underwent a test with navigators on Australia’s central coast before contract negotiations failed.