Olympics: Athletics - Jacques Rogge criticises Usain Bolt for lack of respect

· Sprinter should 'show more respect for his competitors'
· Jamaican comparable to Jesse Owens

The president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, has criticised the double gold medallist Usain Bolt for unsporting behaviour following his victories in the 100m and 200m.

Rogge called on the young sprinter to treat his opponents with more respect and not to go over the top with his celebrations.

"I have no problem with him doing a show," Rogge said in an interview with three international news agency reporters.

"I think he should show more respect for his competitors and shake hands, give a tap on the shoulder to the other ones immediately after the finish and not make gestures like the one he made in the 100 metres."

"I understand the joy. He might have interpreted that in another way, but the way it was perceived was 'catch me if you can'. You don't do that. But he'll learn. He's still a young man."

The 22-year-old Jamaican won both sprints in world record times and Rogge did recognise this achievement.

"Bolt must be considered now the same way like Jesse Owens should have been in the 1930s.

"Bolt has a bigger edge than Owens on his rivals. Of course, Owens had the long jump too, so you can't compare people.

"If he maintains that in the future, Bolt will be someone that probably leaves a mark like Jesse Owens."

Patrick Whyte and agencies

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