Despite a stellar performance at the IAAF World Championships — including victories in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4×100 relay — Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt says he didn’t entirely love his experience in Moscow. Speaking to reporters after his final race on Sunday, Bolt revealed that the lack of both crowds and excitement gave the championships a less than ideal feel:
It’s been a different championships, not the best but I think over the days it got better. Over the days they really changed a few things – a lot more people got more relaxed, a lot more people started smiling, a lot more people were in the stands so it picked up in the end.
But the start wasn’t good so I give it seven out of 10 (Reuters).
Bolt was likely referring to the final of the 100 meters, a normally marquee event, in which Luzhniki stadium was not even filled to capacity. Organizers struggled to draw crowds during the opening few days, but ticket sales went up for the final weekend.