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Posted: August 22, 2016

Watch: Usain Bolt interrupts interview to show respect for U.S. anthem

Jamaica's Usain Bolt holds the flag of Brazil after winning the gold medal in the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt holds the flag of Brazil after winning the gold medal in the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By Jim Hayward

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

There were many highlights during the Summer Olympics that concluded Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro, and Jamaican runner Usain Bolt provided many of them.

Participating in his third Olympic Games, the record-setting sprinter won three more gold medals on the track. Just as appealing for many is Bolt's over-sized personality and theatrical approach he brings to the sport.

Even with his many memorable moments this year, one moment from the London Olympics is making headlines again.

In 2012, he stopped an interview with Television Espanola to show respect when the "Star-Spangled Banner" began to play.

Bolt asked if the interview was live, and the reporter said that it was, but the Olympian still paused the interview to turn and listen to the American anthem.

When the song finished, Bolt apologized for stopping the interview and then answered the reporter's question.

American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who won the bronze in the men’s pole vault earlier this week, acted similarly recently in Rio.

Kendricks, who is listed as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, stopped mid-run on a jump during a qualifying round for the event.


"Those guys are really proud of me and have given me every chance to continue as a civilian," Kendricks told USA Today. "I am certainly looking to represent the Americans on two fronts, as a military man and as a U.S. athlete. I'm just trying to put my best foot forward for all those soldiers who are watching."


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