13 December, 2018

Bolt and the Flower Girl

  • © Mark Shearman

2012 was Usain Bolt's finest season in the IAAF Diamond League, as the Jamaican superstar rampaged around the circuit to claim the Diamond Trophy in the 100m. Yet his most memorable Diamond League moment came in Oslo, a few seconds after he crossed the finish line.

Bolt's record in 2012 was sensational. Aside from his Olympic triumph in London, the sprinting sensation took back-to-back victories early on in the Diamond League campaign, picking up maximum points in both Rome and Oslo to ensure that he climbed to the top of the standings. 

He would later consolidate that start with a fine performance in Brussels, where he clocked 9.87, holding off Justin Gatlin to cross the finish line first and get his hands on the Diamond Trophy. 

It is not that moment, though, that sticks in the mind from Bolt's triumphant 2012 campaign. For 2012 will also go down in history as the year in which Usain Bolt crashed into an Oslo flower girl. 

Having eased his way over the line in 9.79 in the 100m at the Bislett Games, Bolt had just wrapped up another four points on his route to the Diamond Trophy, and had not a care in the world as he slowed into the bend. 

By the time he saw the flower girl approaching, it was too late. He crashed headlong into her, managing only with some effort to stop the unsuspecting Oslovian from crashing onto the track. He hauled her to her feet and gave her a sheepish grin, gratefully taking the flowers.