Bolt needs to show more respect to his fellow competitors to be called great: Rogge

August 21st, 2008 - 6:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Beijing, Aug.21 (ANI): International Olympic Organisation Chief Jacques Rogge has said that Jamaican double sprint gold medallist Usain Bolt will have to show more respect to fellow competitors if he is to be termed great at the end of his sporting career.
He said that Bolt could learn from the experiences of former U.S. sprinter Jesse Owens, who became one of the biggest names in the Olympics by winning four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Games.
“Bolt is another dimension in sprint. Bolt must be considered now the same way like Jesse Owens should have been in the 30s. It is different in that Bolt has a bigger edge than Owens in his finals. Bolt in a way - if he maintains that in the future - will bring a mark like Jesse Owens. I think he should show more respect, shake hands, give a tap on the shoulder to the other ones. Not making gestures like the one he made in the 100 metres,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.
Rogge was referring to his comfortable 100m win on Saturday in 9.69 seconds where he pounded his chest before crossing the finishing line.
The Jamaican won the 100m and 200m sprint gold in world record timings of 9.69 seconds and 19.30 seconds respectively.
“He still has to mature. I would love him to show more respect to his competitors. He should learn that he should shake hands with competitors. I understand the joy. He might have interpreted that in another way but the way it was perceived is ”catch me if you can”. You don”t do that,” said Rogge, who participated in three Olympics from 1968 to 1976 in yachting. (ANI)

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