Bolt promises showtime in final run for Games glory
SHIMMYING amid a troupe of semi-naked samba dancers and wisecracking with journalists, Usain Bolt is determined to bow out of the Olympics with a flourish.
The 29-year-old Jamaican sprint star took centre stage on Monday at his first major press conference since arriving in Rio de Janeiro for his final Games.
And from the moment he strutted onto the stage at the Cidade des Artes theatre - instructing his audience to applaud - he was determined to entertain.
"You've got to clap much louder than that, that was weak," he joked.
"I try to entertain and make it different.
"That's my personality."
And it works. A Norwegian stood up at the end of the press conference and said: "I don't really have a question, I just want to say I really love you man."
It was a reminder of just what athletics will lose when Bolt walks away from the sport next year after the World Championships in London.
Before that, he has his final Olympics to think about, where he will bid to win 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles for a third straight Games.
"This is the last one for sure," Bolt said when asked if he may yet extend his career.
"I've done enough. I've proven myself over and over again, this is the last one."
Bolt is preparing to bow out as athletics reels from a Russian doping scandal and corruption allegations against the former leadership of the International Association of Athletics Federations.
"We're weeding out the bad ones. We have to go through the rough time to get to the good times."
Does he fear he may go up against rivals who are not clean? "In life nothing is guaranteed. But for me going out there, I never worry about it.
"I go out there to compete and wow the crowd and entertain. I just want to compete."
Bolt is set to face another duel against two-time convicted doping offender Justin Gatlin in the 100m and 200m.