Anja Niedringhaus, Associated Press
LONDON — How loaded is that phrase "living legend?"
IOC President Jacques Rogge wants to set the record straight: Usain Bolt is an "active" legend and the best sprinter ever.
Rogge raised eyebrows earlier this week when he said the Jamaican runner needed to prove his greatness over more than two Olympics before reaching his self-proclaimed status of a "living legend."
On Sunday, Rogge relented a bit.
"This is purely a semantic issue," he said. "Usain Bolt is an active performance legend, he is an icon, he is the best sprinter of all time."
Bolt won the 100 and 200 meters at the London Olympics — the first athlete to sweep both events at consecutive games, and anchored the Jamaican team to a world record in the 4x100-meter relay on Saturday night.
After that relay, Bolt asked: "The next time you see him (Rogge), I think you need to ask him what Usain needs to do that no human man has ever done?"
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