Usain Bolt has responded to Justin Gatlin’s comments about taking the 100m Olympic title away from the Jamaican superstar.
In February, Gatlin made some bold statements about how he thought the Rio Olympics in August were going to turn out.
“I’m going to win,” said the 33-year-old last month.
“We are bringing it back to the USA. We are going to bring it back to the USA, to LA to New York. We are going on a tour around the country with it around my neck like a gold chain.”
In response, Bolt was his usual nonchalant self, saying he is used to receiving threats from Gatlin, who has served two doping bans in a checkered career.
“I’m used to it, it’s a thing that he does every year,” quipped the world record holder, before saying he respects the American.
“I never take him lightly because I know he is going hard and I am also working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“He is a great competitor and all, and I am always looking forward to compete against him.”
At the 2015 World Championships, Bolt edged Gatlin in the 100m and 200m finals.