Cricket-fan Bolt loves Hayden and Gilchrist’s batting

August 17th, 2008 - 12:00 am ICT by IANS  

By V. Krishnaswamy
Beijing, Aug 16 (IANS) Usain Bolt, who shattered his own world record by 0.03 seconds while winning the Olympic 100m men’s final by one of the largest margins, is a big cricket fan. The lanky laid-back young man, who hit the headlines with a win in the world junior 200m final as a 15 year old, has often been seen as one not too serious about his sport.

The tall 196 cm sprinter West Indian resembles a fast bowler, who last week in Beijing mentioned that he loved the way big-hitting Australian cricketers Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist bat.

He had said, “They bat aggressive and I really like it,” Bolt said.

Bolt, who played street cricket like all Jamaicans in his school days, is also good friends with many of the cricketers and till a couple of years ago would once in a while turn his arm around in a fun game.

Bolt, incidentally, is a great friend of Asafa Powell, whose record he had taken away in June and improved on it further this evening. He hangs out with Bolt when at home in Kingston.

They have raced several times and while Bolt won the Jamaican Olympic trial in June, Powell got revenge in Stockholm in late July.

It is remarkable that Bolt had not made up his mind to run the 100m until he arrived in Beijing two weeks ago. His main focus has always been the 200m, in which he won the silver medal at last year’s world championships, and he has the fastest time this year of 19.67sec.

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