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Bolt from the blue

As ace Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt strikes gold with yet another set of world records in Moscow, here are excerpts from a recent candid chat he had with us

entertainment Updated: Aug 20, 2013 00:41 IST
Debasmita Ghosh
Debasmita Ghosh
Hindustan Times
Usain Bolt,Jamaican sprinter,World Athletics Championships

With his third gold at the Moscow World Athletics Championships on Sunday, Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth, has jumped to the top of the all-time World Championships medals table. We chatted up with him.

You are just 26, and the fastest person on earth with eight medals at the World Athletics Championships. What next?
Defend my Olympic titles in Rio in 2016 and keep running fast.

What does Usain Bolt do to keep himself fit?
I train extremely hard to stay fit. I try to eat a healthy balanced diet with a lot of fresh fruits and try and find a balance between vegetables, carbohydrates and protein. I usually sleep for eight hours every night.

If Usain Bolt wasn’t a runner, what would he be?
I would probably be playing another sport — possibly cricket.

What do you enjoy doing most in cricket — batting or bowling?
I was an opening fast bowler and opening batsman when I was in primary school so it’s fair to say I’m an all rounder.

Bolt fans have started saying the word Godspeed should be replaced with Boltspeed in the Dictionary. What do you think?
I think they should stick to Godspeed (laughs).

Have you had the chance to visit India? What’s your take on Indian athletes?
I haven’t had the chance to visit yet but hope to come there in the future. I don’t know too many Indian athletes.

In your races, you have often shot forth suddenly even if you were trailing behind. What takes you forward ... the thought of being beaten or just coincidence?
I am a slow starter because of my height but once I get going I am very fast.

We’ve heard that you are interested in playing Twenty-20 cricket for Indian leagues.
I’m planning to stick to athletics for the next four years but who knows what will happen after that!

Is your family into athletics too?
My parents and sister are big fans of athletics. And I have one brother, who plays cricket.

The whole world looks up to you. Who do you look up to?
I admire people like Kevin Garnett (American basketball player) from the Boston Celtics — he has been at the top of his game for many years and has a great attitude on court. And the other one is Sir Alex Ferguson (a former Scottish football manager and player who managed Manchester United for 27 years) for all the success he has achieved at Manchester United.

We’ve mostly seen you in your track pants. What do you love to wear, otherwise?
I love to wear suits. I have a nice collection, and of course, I like to wear watches.

At 16, you were the youngest world-junior gold medalist ever, and ever since you’ve been credited with transforming what was a slowly dying sport with no rock star to a worldwide obsession. What has been your guiding force?
I have a great team around me who always do their best to help me succeed. And my agent, Pace Sports Management, have been with me from the start of my professional career.

First Published: Aug 19, 2013 17:43 IST