Usain Bolt Gets Taken Out By Cameraman on Segway, Jokes Justin Gatlin “Paid Him Off”

a tv cameraman drives into Usain Bolt after the men's 200m final
Usain Bolt got run over by a cameraman on a Segway -- watch  EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA/LANDOV

Careful, careful, CAREFUL! Usain Bolt got wiped out by a cameraman on a Segway after beating Justin Gatlin in the 200 meter final in Beijing, China, on Thursday, Aug. 27. The Jamaican Olympic gold medalist was walking barefoot post-race when the cameraman’s Segway went amok and rammed into Bolt, who fell over backwards. The athlete ended up getting back on his feet after somersaulting out of the tumble — yes, there were even somersaults involved.

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Usain Bolt falls over after a TV cameraman with a Segway ran into him after the men's 200m final at the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships on August 27, 2015 EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA/LANDOV

An attendant rushed to help Bolt up, while the poor cameraman was left in the dust until another crew member finally came to his aid.

“It didn’t actually hit me in my Achilles, it hit me in my calf area,” Bolt said after the accident. “It’s alright, I will get over it. Never a doubt, never a doubt. I am just going to get it massaged, ice it up a bit, and I should be fine.”

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Usain Bolt did a somersault to get back onto his feet. ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

 

The sprinter even laughed off the snafu, adding, “The rumor I’m trying to start right now is that Justin Gatlin paid him off." 

As for Gatlin, he might win the entire viral moment. Acknowledging Bolt’s joke, the second-place winner quipped: “I want my money back.”

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Usain Bolt appears to be okay after a TV cameraman with a Segway drove over him. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images for IAAF

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