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Bolt says 'never doubt a champion'

Rachel Beaven
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Usain Bolt pulls off his signature pose © Getty Images
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Usain Bolt arrived back in Jamaica, where he was greeted by screaming crowds at the airport, imploring people to never doubt his abilities.

He had competed in three events at London 2012: 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, and brought back the top prize in each of them - which equates to three gold medals.

Bolt did have to listen to people doubting his ability to continue to annihilate his rivals during the build up to the Olympics. He did lose to his rival and training partner Yohan Blake in the Jamaican trials and Bolt pulled out of a meet in Monaco, events which raised the idea that he had peaked.

But having taken three golds and reinforced his status as the world's best, Bolt said: "There were a lot of doubters. I have one thing to say: Never doubt a champion."

Bolt is the fastest man alive, with his 100m world record standing at 9.58 seconds, and his combination of speed, build and height have led some to claim that there may never be someone like him again.

"I am the best and will always be the best," he said at Tracks & Records; which is Bolt's own nightclub and restaurant.

Bolt is likely to wind down for the winter, but he has made it clear he wants to compete in Rio in 2016 - on the basis that he is fit. The 400m is on Bolt's radar, as is the long jump, while he has also talked about exchanging his running spikes for football boots.

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