Party time for Bolt as season end in sight

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Last updated 08:10 07/09/2012
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TURN IT UP: Usain Bolt will turn DJ after finishing his last race of the season.

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Hours after his last race of the season, Usain Bolt will become the hip-hopping Mr Deejay. Don't show up for his Jamaican party without tickets. It is already a sellout.

He'll follow it up with some down time Down Under, some quad riding at home, and plenty of football with friends. The only part that scares the star of the London Olympics? Going home to his delirious island nation.

After another three-for-three Olympic gold-medal performance, Bolt can't wait for the finish of the 100 metres at the Van Damme Memorial.

He had to push body and mind from last winter right up to his world-record, gold-medal anchor leg for the Jamaica team on the penultimate day of the Olympics.

"I'm drained now," he said ahead of his last race, a 100m dash in the Diamond League meet. Forced to think about the race, he added, ''I'm drawing blanks."

Organisers hope one more fast race is within Bolt, who has decided that once the sweat has dried it's party time. Time to prove he is as much a living legend as a party animal as he is an athlete.

Despite being athletics' biggest showoff, he remains surprised by the impact of his success.

At a recent promotional shoot in Paris, he was amazed at the amount of people outside his hotel.

''I was like, 'Who is staying here and why so much people?' And I came inside and people went crazy," before he finally realised it was all for him. ''So that was a first. It is kind of cool."

On Thursday, he was taken aback to find out the party where he will play is sold out. For once, he might show some pressure. ''Hopefully, I'm not horrible."

His No 1 disc? Bob Marley's "One Love."

After a year of avoiding football for fear of injuries and the wrath of his coach, Bolt will give in to his craving to be the best winger ever.

''He won't like it but he won't stretch me as much," Bolt said of his coach Glen Mills. ''It is just a world championship year" in 2013.

''I am going to start playing charity matches. We always have charity football matches in Jamaica. I didn't get to play none last season because of the Olympics."

He was talking about Manchester United in using the royal 'we.' He hopes to be invited to a charity match against Real Madrid.

''I'd definitely love to play in that game," he said.

He has stayed in Europe for the post-Olympic meets and was looking forward to getting home and finally celebrating with his family and friends and fans.

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''I've seen what Jamaican fans are like when I go back home. That is more scary than anything else."

He will even be able to indulge in some drinking.

''It is the end of the season, so, I'll try out some champagne. Pretty much, celebrate a great season."

Even now, his holiday break of five to six weeks was looking extremely short to him.

''There is a vote for two months," he said with a laugh.

- AP

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