Usain Bolt sent out the following message on his Twitter page at the conclusion of the Prefontaine Classic:
Listen to me ppl that’s the same track last US trial was kept and everybody ran fast and them they couldn’t repeat ok so please
It was clearly a response to the fast 100 meter race in Eugene that saw six athletes dipping under the 10 second barrier, including Jamaican Steve Mullings winning in 9.80 seconds. Bolt also referenced the 2008 Olympic Trials race at Hayward Field that saw fast times from U.S. runners who were ultimately unable to win gold in Beijing.
The reaction from the track community has been a positive one so far. Multiple-time World and Olympic medalist and current NBC color commentator Ato Boldon sees friendly trash talk between competitors as a means for track to regain interest in the national spotlight. On his Twitter page, Boldon said, “Please let today be the day the best sprinters/hurdlers in the world start being real and not pretending they all love each other.”