Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bolt Parties at 3am with Three Swedish Handball Women

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bolt Parties at 3am with Three Swedish Handball Women

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Byline: Peter Dominczak and Miranda Bryant

USAIN BOLT celebrated his 100 metres win by partying with three Swedish women handball players until 3am today.

He posted a picture of himself in his bedroom on Twitter in the early hours with the athletes -- believed to be Ulrika Agren, Isabelle Gullden and Jamina Roberts.

But there was no alcohol for the world's fastest man. Jamaican Bolt, 25, still has the 200m and relay events to run. Bolt shared a meal with the Swedes and team-mate Maurice Smith. They took photos of each other and "played" on Facebook until parting company.

Roberts said: "It was awesome. He was not cocky or anything, so it felt very normal. He was not drunk at all. He had just returned home from the race. We sat there and looked at Facebook."

Agren added: "We said congratulations.

He was just like everybody else."

Bolt had earlier said he was focusing on his next race and would not be celebrating his 100m win. "I can't celebrate," he said. "I have the 200m. There's no celebration."

But the star was clearly enjoying the attention of his female admirers and got a kiss from silver medal-winning Briton Christine Ohuruogu at the track side.

Bolt's win has become one of Britain's biggest televised sporting events after the BBC revealed 20 million viewers tuned in to watch it. His sprint for gold attracted the largest TV audience of the Games so far and means total UK viewing figures for the weekend of athletics glory hit 36 million in Britain alone, two thirds of the viewing population.

Boris Johnson told the Standard: "To watch Usain Bolt is to be a witness to history. First Super Saturday with a clutch of golds to add to Team GB's haul of booty, now the fastest time ever run in an Olympic Games over 100 metres. All that and more happened right here in London. If that isn't a legacy to inspire the millions watching throughout the land, the billions tuning in across the planet, I ask you, what is? …

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