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Segway knocks Bolt off his victory stride

August 27. 2015 8:39PM
Usian Bolt of Jamaica is hit by a cameraman on a Segway as he celebrates after winning the men's 200 meters final at the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing on Thursday. (REUTERS/Stringer)

BEIJING (Reuters) — A television cameraman and his Segway succeeded in doing what none of Usain Bolt’s rivals could in the 200 meters final at world championships on Thursday — knock the Jamaican off his stride, and his feet, during his lap of honor.

Bolt was taking the plaudits of the crowd after winning his fourth straight 200-meters world crown when the wheel of the cameraman’s Segway caught a trackside rail and flipped over, sending man and machine into the barefooted sprinter.

The 29-year-old Olympic champion, who had his back to the man, was knocked to the ground and sustained a few minor cuts.

He was not about to let the accident ruin his celebrations after beating American rival Justin Gatlin to a sprint title for the second time in five days, however.

“I did not hit a cameraman. He took me out,” said Bolt, who held on to his track spikes with his right hand as he did a backward roll to get back onto his feet.

“The rumor I am trying to start right now is Justin Gatlin paid him.”

Silver medalist Gatlin, sat next to Bolt at the postrace news conference, quipped ruefully: “I want my money back.”

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