The 30-year-old sprinter capped his Olympic career with a ninth gold medal Friday night, anchoring Jamaica's winning 4×100-meter relay team and tearing away from the rest of the field down the stretch.
The Jamaican team overwhelmed their opponents in the same dominating fashion they displayed in Beijing and London.
This is not the first time the US relay team has been disqualified in the 100m event. That's what gets them going, the hype.
But Bolt with nine gold medals is tied for the second place with Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, Finish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi, a fellow U.S. sprinter Michael Lewis and American swimmer Mark Spitz.
"There you go, I am the greatest. I'm happy for him".
"I'm definitely going to miss the crowd and the energy and just the competition", Bolt said.
"Relief. I've had all this pressure over the years".
In an interview with AFP on Friday, Coe said Bolt had transcended his sport in a way that was comparable to boxing icon Muhammad Ali. He huddled with his teammates and they prayed. She had been through injury, the inability to defend her 200-meter title because she didn't qualify at the US trials and a near disqualification in the relay heats.
There has been no official confirmation of the news, but, if he is stripped of his gold, then it would nearly certainly mean all of his relay team-mates, including Bolt, also forfeiting their medals from the event.
"We were still a bit nervous to see if it had gone through, but when we woke up this morning and found out it was rejected and we got the bronze, we were all pretty excited and happy". He smirked and continued, "My team came through for me tonight".
"I told the guys, "don't give me too much work to do, make it easy", Bolt joked after the event.
But before he left the track, his partners peeled off from the victory lap.
He could have just as easily slapped the number "1".
He said he now hoped generations to come would remember him as "one of the greatest".
He went into a darkened Olympic Stadium, surrounded by volunteers - and started throwing a javelin.
With the stadium emptying, Bolt kneeled down, brought his hands out to his sides and soaked in one last burst of applause. The U.S. women took the gold with 41.01 seconds and Jamaica took silver with 41.36, while Great Britain (41.77) claimed bronze.