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S Sreesanth claims patent for Usain Bolt celebration, says ‘I did it first in 2007’

While everyone first saw the celebration when Bolt did it at the 2008 Olympics, it existed way before.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 1 February 2022 10:04 am

A win becomes more tasteful if it is backed by some stylish celebrations. Some celebrations become iconic and leave an impact on others. Usain Bolt’s “To Di World” celebration is one of those iconic celebrations. His gesture with both hands is what viewers crave to see when the athlete wins any event.

But where did it come from? It may be that Bolt does the celebration and it’s synonymous to him, but it is equally true that it’s not Bolt who created it. Well, there is only one answer, but it seems like Indian cricketer S Sreesanth is claiming the patent for the celebration. Sreesanth shared a cut from a newspaper where he can be seen in a similar pose on his social media and wrote “Now it’s very clear how Usain Bolt got the idea and followed it. I did it in 2007”.

Check out Sreesanth’s Instagram story here:

Going into the details of the picture shared by Sreesanth, it is from the final match of the 2007 T20 World Cup. This was when Sreesanth took the catch of Misbah-ul-Haq and threw the ball back in the air in joy. The photo looks to be from the moment before Sreesanth launched the ball in the air.

Where did Usain Bolt’s celebration actually come from?

While everyone first saw the celebration when Bolt did it at the 2008 Olympics, it existed way before. The “To Di World” (To the World) celebration is inspired by a dance move from Dancehall, an up-tempo musical style derived from reggae that is hugely popular in Jamaica.

“It is called ‘To Di World’ and I feel I am connecting to the people of the world when I do it. I started doing it for fun, but people loved it so much they would be angry if I stopped,” says Bolt.

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