The Jamaican sprinter was talking to a Spanish journalist after winning the semi-final in London on Monday. At the same time US athlete Sanya Richards-Ross was being awarded her first Olympic gold medal for winning the 400m.
As soon as the opening bars of the anthem began Bolt politely asked "can we cut the interview?" At first the reporter seemed confused but when Bolt gestured toward the medal presentation she quickly said "oh yes ... sorry, sorry".
Bolt then turned and watched in silence as the anthem played for Richards-Ross. As soon as the song finished he turned around and finished the interview.