Usain Bolt tried to keep the baton from Jamaica’s world record-setting performance in the 4×100 relay on Saturday night in London, but British track officials made him return the potential souvenir. Jamaica broke its own record in its gold-medal win, with Bolt anchoring the relay with a blistering 9.22 leg from a near standing start. Yohan Blake, the 100- and 200-meter silver medalist, gave Bolt a huge lead with a dominant third leg that moved the team past Tyson Gay and the United States.
Bolt ran through the finish line and blew past the British official tasked with the job of collecting the relay batons from runners. As shown above, she reached out her hand and Bolt playfully snatched the baton into his chest. Every relay competitor has had to give up their baton at the end of the race. He managed to hold on to it in the immediate aftermath of the race. While he and Blake went to the stands to celebrate with the Jamaicans and grab the flags they’d carry in their victory lap, the baton was close by his side.