BERLIN, April 13 – Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has admitted to experimenting with marijuana as a youngster.
Bolt, who stormed to three sprint golds in record times at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, told the Bild tabloid: "When you’re a child in Jamaica, you learn how to roll a joint.
"Everyone tried marijuana, including me, but I was really young."
But Bolt added that the recreational drug was no longer part of his lifestyle.
"Nobody in my family or those close to me smoke and I don’t hang out with people who smoke."
The 22-year-old again rubbished suspicions of doping as he took Beijing by storm last summer.
"People can say what they want, I know I’m clean. That’s the only thing that counts, not what other people say," he said.
"I was subject of so many anti-doping tests during the Olympic year, between 30 and 40."
Bolt will try to repeat his triple gold-winning performance at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin in August.
"I want to become a legend. I want to propel athletics to a new dimension."