Olympic Star Usain Bolt Proves Class by Stopping Interview to Respect US Anthem

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 6, 2012

Usain Bolt may be famous for getting to where he is going in a hurry, but he knows when one needs to stop and take in a beautiful moment. 

After beating one of the most star-studded lineups in the 100-meter final at Olympic Stadium, Bolt gave an epic conclusion (h/t BroBible) to one interview.

The 9.63 pace he set—and the fact that he just beat some amazing sprinters—made him the star of Sunday night in London. 

That meant interview after interview of Bolt giving a short-breathed account of the race and his place in sprint lore. 

There was one reporter who was so taken with getting an interview that she failed to recognize an Olympian was getting her gold in the same stadium. 

As Sanya Richards-Ross was getting her reward for her winning in the women's 400-meter race, the American national anthem began to play around the stadium. 

That's when Bolt tried to end the interview, as the reporter—completely lost as to the gravitas of the moment—attempted to continue. 

The Jamaican superstar then took time to put a halt to the whole thing and observe another athlete's moment in the sun, even though she comes from another nation. 

He spent the better part of his night hamming it up with cameramen, flaunting his swagger and generally having fun with the fact he torched the field with his blazing speed. 

One of his best moments, however, came when he decided to take time and give respect to another champion. 

World class. 

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