Prince Harry gets a jump on Jamaica’s Usain Bolt

March 7, 2012 8:27 am


Prince Harry and Usain Bolt come out of the starting blocks/AFP
KINGSTON, Mar 7 – Britain’s Prince Harry gave Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s champion sprinter, a run for his money on Tuesday on the track at the University of the West Indies.

Minutes after teaching the prince the basics of starting, Bolt was surprised to see his royal competitor race 50 meters down the track, in what would be described internationally as a false start.

“Prince Harry gets a head start, although we are not sure @UsainBolt is really trying,” Clarence House, the official residence for Harry and his father The Prince of Wales, said in a message on Twitter.

Dressed in Jamaica green, gold and black colours, the prince took on the world and Olympic 100 and 200 meter record holder during a tour to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.

Anxious to get a good start, Prince Harry told Bolt to look to his left, then right, and then just took off.

Bolt and the prince then struck the sprinter’s trademark “to the world” pose.

Praising the wealth of track and field talent in Jamaica, the prince told his hosts, “So don’t go running off to America, you have enough talent here. You have athletes for a generation to come.”

The prince was visiting hospitals and service organizations during his stay.

He was to meet Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and was to be the guest of honour at a state dinner at King’s House later in the day.


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