Usain Bolt – what a sportsman, but also what a gentleman. The reigning Olympic champion, who won the 100m final on Sunday evening, was giving a trackside interview with a European TV crew when his countryman Sanya Richards-Ross, originally from Jamaica but now running for the US, received the gold medal for her victory in the 400m.

Rather than carry on, Bolt insisted on halting the talk and standing silently to pay respects at the ceremony while the American national anthem echoed around London’s Olympic stadium.

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Earlier, Bolt had run the distance in 9.63 seconds to take gold, beating his training partner Johan "The Beast" Blake into second.

A man was arrested after the race for throwing a bottle onto the track before the start of the race.

In the press conference on Sunday night, Bolt took a swipe at the organisers of the 2012 games, complaining that athletes had been subject to "weird, silly rules".

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  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Mens 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Mens 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the finish line ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States, Yohan Blake of Jamaica and Justin Gatlin of the United States to win the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the finish line ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States, Yohan Blake of Jamaica and Justin Gatlin of the United States to win the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica runs ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States, Yohan Blake of Jamaica and Justin Gatlin of the United States during the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Mens 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the gold medal in the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, right, is congratulated by his mother Jennifer, left, and others after he won gold in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center, is congratulated after he won gold in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics competition in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, right, leads United States' Ryan Bailey in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, and compatriot Yohan Blake hold their national flag and celebrate after winning the gold and silver medals respectively during the athletics competition in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in London. Blake won the silver and Gatlin the bronze. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, and compatriot Yohan Blake hold their national flag and celebrate after winning the gold and silver medals respectively during the athletics competition in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in London. Blake won the silver and Gatlin the bronze. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center, crosses the finish line ahead of Netherlands' Churandy Martina, left, United State's Ryan Bailey, second left, United States' Justin Gatlin, third right, Jamaica's Yohan Blake, second right, and United States' Tyson Gay in the men's 100-meters final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, celebrates winning gold in the men's 100-meter final alongside silver medallist Yohan Blake of Jamaica during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs past the Olympic flame after winning the men's 100-meter final race during the athletics competition in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)