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Blake set to face Bolt's wrath after Commonwealth flop

AFP  |  Gold Coast 

legend today accused fellow Jamaican of "panicking" in 100 metres final -- and can't wait to tease him about it.

The eight-time Olympic champion, who retired from the sport last year after almost a decade of freakish dominance, had warned Blake not to bother returning to the if he failed to win the title.

And after Blake stumbled out of the blocks on Monday to finish third in a 100m final won by South Africa's Akani Simbine, Bolt confirmed that he would be having words with his former team-mate about his choke.

"I haven't seen him, I haven't texted him," said Bolt, who is in in an ambassadorial role.

"I'm waiting until I go the village and actually see him because I'm definitely going to make fun of him and stuff like that -- that's definitely going to be a good conversation!"

"It was a little bit shocking Blake didn't win," added the 100 and 200m world record holder, who arrived on the on Wednesday and headed straight for a local nightclub where he partied until the early hours.

"I think Blake stumbled a little bit but probably panicked -- that's always one of the toughest things.

"When you stumble, the worst thing you can do is panic and I think that's what set him back. It's one of those things and now it's just about bouncing back." On a serious note, Bolt promised to talk to Blake about the pressures of becoming Jamaica's main man in his absence.

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"We haven't really talked about it, but I think he understands, because we've competed against each other," said the 11-time world champion.

"He understands the pressure. I will bring it up when I see him -- but I will make fun of him first." claimed an upset one-two finish in the men's 100m final with Henricho Bruintjies taking silver, rubbing salt into Jamaican wounds in the first major competition since Bolt retired from the sport.

"One of my friends called me and said 'the South Africans are the kings of sprint' and what can I say -- they really showed up," said Bolt, after showing off his skills with some 'keepy-uppy' by the beach.

"South African athletes have shown they're ready for the world and as Jamaicans we have to keep our eyes open."

Despite Simbine's shock victory, Bolt's world record of 9.58 seconds -- set at the 2009 world championships in -- never looked threatened, the South African winning in 10.03.

Bolt though believes it's only a matter of time before someone comes along and beats it.

"Records are meant to be broken," said the 31-year-old. "Although hopefully it won't be any time soon.

"In time some young person will come along. If they have the same work ethic, talent, and want it as much as I wanted it, the possibility is there.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 22:55 IST
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