Usain Bolt runs race wearing shirt with his own picture on it

Chris Chase
July 8, 2011

Usain Bolt won the 200 meters at a Friday meet in Paris while wearing a shirt emblazoned with his own picture:

This is something Muhammad Ali would have done, which is fitting since Bolt's attention-grabbing antics can be traced back to The Greatest. Like with Ali, Bolt postures and preens and it's as much for the opponents as it is the camera. It's not enough for Bolt to let the stopwatch do the talking. He wants opponents to know that he knows he's the best and that he knows that you know he's the best. Everything he does is designed to intimidate, to get in the heads of the other seven guys on the block before the gun goes off.

There was a 10-minute delay before Friday's race. While the other competitors paced around nervously, Bolt was the picture of calm. When they finally began, Bolt made up the stagger in the first 40 meters, dominated for the next 100 and then slowed to a jog down the stretch. The only victory pose was on his shirt.

Your move, Novak Djokovic's father.

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