Cameraman apologises to Usain Bolt after toppling sprint champion

Usain Bolt shakes hands with Song Tao, the CCTV cameraman who knocked him down with a Segway.
Usain Bolt shakes hands with Song Tao, the CCTV cameraman who knocked him down with a Segway.PHOTO: REUTERS
Bolt receiving a present from Song on Aug 28, 2015.
Bolt receiving a present from Song on Aug 28, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS
Song presenting a gift to Bolt on Aug 28, 2015.
Song presenting a gift to Bolt on Aug 28, 2015.PHOTO: AFP
Song presenting a gift to Bolt on Aug 28, 2015.
Song presenting a gift to Bolt on Aug 28, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING - The cameraman who did what his many sprint rivals could not and toppled Usain Bolt is back to work after his brush with global fame and said he felt fine, reported The Guardian.

Song Tao, who works for host broadcaster CCTV, has covered many sporting events including the Asian Games and the Olympics. But he had never come face to face with a global icon before he inadvertently crashed into Bolt on his victory lap following his 200m victory over Justin Gatlin at the World Championships.

Back at work and ready to film the medal ceremonies - including Bolt's - before the night's action began in the Bird's Nest, Song revealed he had apologised to Bolt after the incident. The pair shook hands before the Jamaican's medal ceremony amid smiles all round.

Song appeared to give Bolt a good luck charm to wear around his wrist.

 

"The important thing is that he is OK. I'm fine and ready to get back to work," Song told the Guardian via his colleague Shao Yi, who translated for him. Shao joked that his colleague was now a big star, not only in China but around the world.

Song, looking slightly more sheepish, said he had to get back to work before Bolt's medal ceremony.

Another colleague, who did not want to be named, said that Song had failed to notice the barrier as he was tracking Bolt, which resulted in them clashing as the fastest man in the world celebrated his double sprint victory.

Bolt joked afterwards that Gatlin had paid the cameraman.