“Doesn’t Listen That Well”: Usain Bolt Revealed the Biggest Flaw in His Successor After Retirement

Published 07/18/2022, 1:31 PM EDT
BEIJING – AUGUST 20: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after breaking the world record with a time of 19.30 to win the gold medal in the Men’s 200m Final ahead of Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles Brian Dzingai of Zimbabwe and Shawn Crawford of the United States at the National Stadium during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

A gigantic void seemed inevitable to fill when Usain Bolt left track and field competitions. Having etched his name in the history books of the sport, Bolt retired after the 2016 Rio Olympics after winning three gold medals. During that time, the track and field fraternity saw a decade of dominance from the speedy Jamaicans. Out of that, Yohan Blake came closest to matching the level of lighting Bolt.

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He was in Usain Bolt’s shadow for a long time, even finishing second after Bolt took home the gold. Blessed with astonishing sprinting ability, Bolt recalled how he never listened in training, which probably would have led to him underachieving in track and field competitions. 

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Usain Bolt recalled Blake’s attitude

Competing beside him, Blake won the gold medal during the 2011 World Championships. During that event, Bolt shockingly got disqualified after having a false start. Fans believed in Blake kick-starting his career from those championships. However, that did not happen. Bolt prophesied about Blake’s struggles, and how it was due to not listening to his coach. 

“I think one of his biggest problems is he wants it so much that he doesn’t listen that well. If he doesn’t change that, it’s going to be an issue,” mentioned Bolt about Blake’s performances. Who knows, probably, he could have been even better than Bolt, as the talent he had was mind-blowing. 

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After Usain Bolt, he is the second fastest man in the world, setting a time of 9.69. Usain Bolt set a 9.58 seconds record in the 100-meters, which is currently the world record. In the 200-meter, he had a time of 19.26 seconds and is yet again behind Bolt, who has set a record of 19.19. The closest he reached was during the 2012 London Olympics. He won two silvers in the 100 and 200-meter. 

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De Grasse finally gets his gold!

Andre De Grasse finally won his first major gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 200-meter competition. It was a remarkable achievement for the sprinter, who played sidekick to the Jamaican sprinter. Bolt predicted De Grasse being the challenger to Blake, and that happened. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 17: Andre de Grasse of Canada (L) and Usain Bolt of Jamaica (C) react as they compete in the Men’s 200m Semifinals on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Maybe, at the time when Usain Bolt competed, no one could catch him. He was a legend in every sense. But Yohan Blake came close. He pushed Bolt to the limits and probably assisted him in becoming better. Having a great training partner works, and presumably, Yohan would have achieved more if he trained attentively. 

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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