If you are going to trash-talk, then you should at least be winning...right? At least that's what Usain Bolt believes!
The eight-time Olympic gold medalist gave some advice to American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardon, who was suspended from the Olympics after testing positive for cannabis.
He said that all her trash talk just makes her competitors more determined to beat her, and added that she needs to be able to "back it up" if she wants to "talk that big talk."
Usain told The Post, “I would tell Sha’Carri to train harder and to be focused and not say too much … If you talk that big talk you have to back it up."
He added, “So just train hard and focus on that and try to come back do it and then talk about it.”
New York Post reports:
In her return to the track last month after the ban, Richardson, 21, finished last in the 100-meter dash, which was won by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, who also took the 100-meter Olympic gold in Tokyo.
In advance of the race, Richardson used a 2017 Nicki Minaj meme that went viral on TikTok, saying, “I took some time off to rest and now it’s game time, b-tches. You have no idea!”
Bolt said he and his fellow Jamaican athletes were not impressed by Richardson’s attitude, given the historical rivalry between American and Jamaican sprinters.
“Jamaicans were vexed because she was talking a lot of s–t before the actual race, it is just one of those things,” Usain explained. “Jamaicans don’t like when people talk s–t about us because we are a very proud people. So if you talk about us we are gonna want you to back it up. It definitely gave those women the extra push [to win.]”
Bolt said he had experienced the same thing with American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who had goaded him going into the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Gatlin finished second to Bolt in the 100-meter final.
Bolt said, “That was my thing with Justin Gatlin — because he’s the one that was always talking — so that gives me that energy like, ‘All right you think you’re gonna win let’s go!’
“So it does give you that extra boost to wanna beat that person.”
Richardson’s return to the track after her suspension at the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. fell on Bolt’s 35th birthday on Aug. 21. And he said she got her comeuppance for all that trash talk.
Usain said, “I actually watched the race it was on my birthday … so all my friends were there. We stopped everything just to watch the race. I knew Elaine [Thompson-Herah] was going to win. knew she was going to run a fast time but I didn’t expect Sha’ Carri to come in last though."
“But it was like, ‘Oh s–t’ but the memes kept coming quick. You know Jamaicans they were laughing and just going in at her [Richardson]. It was just one of those things," he continued.
In other words, don't let your battleship mouth overrun your rowboat butt!
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