Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Mo Farah clowning around together on top of the podium — the final moments of the last night of athletics action in the Olympic stadium. A capacity crowd of 80,000 had stayed to watch Farah’s medal ceremony following his victory in the 5,000m, and they were treated to a surprise as the Jamaican triple gold medallist emerged from the tunnel to join his British friend.
The pair swapped celebrations, Farah performing Bolt’s “To Di World” — a Jamaican dance hall move that has become Bolt’s signature pose — while Bolt put his hands over his head in an M-shape to do the “Mobot”. The stadium erupted.
The two athletes have known each other for more than a decade, since Bolt came to prominence as the youngest sprinter to win the 200m world junior title aged 15. “Me and Mo, we go way back,” Bolt said. “We have the same agent [Ricky Simms], we have been through ups and downs. I’ve seen him train. It was good, it was a joy for me to see him get the double gold medal, so it was wonderful.”
After watching Farah win gold in the 5,000m, Bolt said he was inspired to perform the Mobot on crossing the line in his final race of the Games — the men’s 4x100m relay in which the Jamaican quartet set a world record of 36.84sec.
“Before the Olympics I said I’m going to do that,” the 25-year-old said. “It escaped me two times [at Grand Prix races] because I was so happy that I won. But before I came out [for the relay] I watched him in his 5,000m and I made sure I remembered to do it. So for me it was fun.” Farah, who baulks at the suggestion he is near Bolt’s legendary status, said it was an honour to share the stage with such an icon. “It was good, he’s a great athlete, a legend ... He did the Mobot and I did the ‘To the world’ I can’t believe he did the Mobot as he was breaking a world record, we will be looking back in a year’s time — a world record and he did the Mobot. I never thought it would take off.”
Farah, whose wife is expecting twins soon, paid tribute to the “genius” methods of his American coach, Alberto Salazar.
In 16 months, the coach known for his unorthodox use of machinery such as an underwater treadmill, and a punishing work ethic that means Farah keeps a treadmill in his bedroom, has elevated the 29-year-old Briton from double European champion to double Olympic champion.