Shot across the bows for exuberant Bolt

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Usain Bolt was at it again yesterday, striking another 'bow and arrow' pose as he stood on the top step of the rostrum in the Beijing National Stadium at the men's 200m medal ceremony. The crowd loved it.

The man on the PA system caught the prevailing mood, playing several bursts of 'Happy birthday to you' for the benefit of the world's fastest man, 22 yesterday. Up in the stands, Jacques Rogge was probably not impressed.

Earlier in the day, the president of the International Olympic Committee had criticised the Jamaican for the celebrations that followed his world record breaking victories in the 100m and 200m.

"That's not the way we perceive being a champion," Rogge said. "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 meters.

"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."

A young man with a date in the 4 x 100m relay final today, and another chance of a post-race party.