At last, we have a Great British rival for sprint king Usain Bolt. And what’s more, he’ll be at the London 2012 Olympics. His name? Prince Harry!
His Royal Highness challenged the world record 100m holder to a showdown in Jamaica on the latest leg of his whistlestop tour around the Caribbean to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.Bolt is expected to sweep the board with gold at the Games this summer in Stratford.
Out of the blocks: Prince Harry gets off to a great start in his sprint showdown with world record holder Usain Bolt
Getting away: Prince Harry makes a run for it and leaves Bolt trailing behind
And Bolt was forced to bow down in front of royalty as Prince Harry – sporting a Jamaica athletics kit – was fastest out of the blocks and pipped him to the finishing line with held aloft as the Jamaican looked on bemused and with his hands on his hips.
But the historic win owed more to the royal jumping the gun and starting when the Olympic 100-metre champion was not looking than raw speed.
Bolt, 25, immediately called for a rematch against the third-in-line to the throne who side-stepped the issue.
False start: Bolt protests as Prince Harry crosses the line
Trademark celebration: Prince Harry and Usain Bolt play up to the crowd in Kingston
The Jamaican sprinter, who lined up against the prince when the pair met at the athlete’s training track in Kingston, said: ‘He cheated, I said we would have a rematch in London 2012 and Harry said “I’m busy”.’
Bolt went on to praise the Queen’s grandson, visiting Jamaica to mark her Diamond Jubilee: “He’s cool, very down to earth.
‘When you meet dignitaries you think it will be difficult but he just wanted to laugh – it was an honour and a pleasure to meet him.
Racing away: Bolt signed a poster of Prince Harry’s part-owned horse Usain Colt
‘I’m still the fastest man in the world so he has a long way to go.’
The pair struck Bolt’s famous pointing pose as they larked around during the visit at the University of West Indies in Kingston.
Indeed, the popular pair certainly seemed to be lapping up all the attention from their admirers.