lamine-diack_web.jpgMONACO (AP) — IAAF President Lamine Diack has reminded triple Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt of his “responsibility” as a champion.

Diack said Tuesday he has spoken to the 22-year-old Jamaican sprinter about the extra pressures he would face following his stunning performances in Beijing last August.

“You’re the key athlete in our sport and you have a responsibility,” Diack told a small group of reporters.  “He's not a movie star or singer – he's a champion.  (So) if you are fit, you make the performance or you are finished.”

Bolt won three gold medals in Beijing last year, all in world record times, but has made off-the-track headlines since then by being photographed in nightclubs, talking about marijuana use and crashing his car last month.

“Now you have a major responsibility,” Diack said he told Bolt.  “Now you are the major star.”

Bolt set world records in the 100 and 200 meters in Beijing and was a member of the record-breaking relay team.

He broke Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey's time in the rarely run 150 meters on Sunday, May 17 in a street race in Manchester, England. Diack praised his performance but said he doesn't expect street races to become a trend.

“Our sport is in the stadium.  The future is not on the street,” Diack said.  “This is only for promotion.”

Photo: IAAF President Lamine Diack