Rio de Janeiro, Aug 15: Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt expressed "surprise" and "shock" after winning a 3rd straight Olympic gold in 100 metres.
On Sunday night (August 14), at the Olympic Stadium, Bolt created history by taking the 100m crown in 9.81 seconds ahead of American Justin Gatlin, who had won in 2004 Athens Olympics. (Bolt aims to be 'immortal' in Rio)
After the celebrations, selfies and posing for photographers, Bolt revealed that he was "surprised" and called it "shocking" the way the crowd at the stadium treated his rival Gatlin.
Before the start of the 100m final, the fans booed Gatlin, who was twice banned from the sport for doping offences.
"For me I was surprised. It was the first time I have ever come into a stadium and some is being booed. For me it was shocking, but I didn't care about that," Bolt said.
Fans were not kind to 34-year-old Gatlin while he warmed up for the race and also when he was introduced before the start of the event.
Before the start of Rio Olympics, Bolt had accused of Gatlin of showing "disrespect" to him as the Jamaican missed Olympic trials due to an injury.
"He's (Usain Bolt) injured, gets a medical pass, that's what his country does. Our country doesn't do that," Gatlin had said.
Bolt had responded, "For me I felt it was a joke. I felt it was a disrespect they think I'd back out of a trials. I've proven myself year on year that I'm the greatest. I laughed when I heard it, I was disappointed, especially in Justin Gatlin."