"We are not human. ... We drop from space," joked Blake, who said a woman ran up and kissed him on the cheek after the race.
Bolt yanked off his white spikes and danced barefoot to the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" as it played on the arena's loudspeakers. Later, wearing his latest gold medal, Bolt waved his fingers toward the stands, trying to get fans to do the wave. They did, of course.
He arrived at these Olympics with the stated intention of becoming a "living legend," something he considered a done deal after his victory in the 200. Before Saturday's race, the head of track and field's governing body, Lamine Diack, agreed, saying the sprinter had "entered the legendary."
In more than a century of modern Olympics, no man had set world records while winning the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay — until Bolt did it in Beijing.
None had won the 200 meters twice, let alone completed a 100-200 double twice — until Bolt did so in 2008 and 2012.
Now he's added a second consecutive sprint relay title, too, for a Double Triple. Jamaica won Saturday without Asafa Powell, who held the 100 world record from 2005 until Bolt claimed it in 2008, and was the anchor on the Jamaican team that won the 4x100 four years ago. Powell injured his groin and pulled up during the 100 in London.
No matter. The team drafted a pretty decent guy to take his place on the final leg.
Don't forget, a chorus of questions greeted Bolt at these Olympics.
Was he completely healthy? Was he still as fast as the guy who set the world records of 9.58 for the 100, and 19.19 for the 200, at the world championships three years ago? And, most of all, having lost twice to Blake at the Jamaican Olympic trials, could Bolt still claim to be the best in the world if he wasn't even the best in his own country?
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge thinks any judgment of Bolt's place in history needs to be withheld until his career is over. Rogge said it would take more than two superb Summer Games to cement Bolt's status.
Bolt was asked about Rogge's comments.
"Next time you see him, I think you need to ask him what Usain needs to do that no human man has ever done, because I've done it already," Bolt said. "I don't know what else to do, really."
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