Jamaica's Olympic champion sprinter, known as the world's fastest man, met up with Prince Harry on Tuesday in Bolt's home country. The meeting was part of Harry's trip around the Caribbean, a tour created to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.
Naturally, the two athletic young men took to Bolt's most comfortable surface, the track. Bolt donned some training gear while Prince Harry appealed to the locals with a Jamaica t-shirt. After Prince Harry lit up the crowd by clearly jumping the gun en route to an easy win, the two celebrities got back on the track for another run.
The two, while clearly enjoying the lighthearted moment, went through all the motions of a big-time event. The prince and Bolt dropped into the blocks and waited for the signal. With hundreds of University of the West Indies students in attendance, it was Prince Harry who stormed out of the gate, gaining close to 50 meters before Bolt decided to join him.
Prince Harry took the unofficial win, but Bolt wasn't too beaten up over it. The two shared an embrace afterward as Harry hobbled off, faking an injury as if the race had been too strenuous for him to take.
Prince Harry has already been to the Bahamas and Belize during his tour. His arrival via private jet in Jamaica was a big event, as the prince received a 21-gun salute from Jamaican armed forces.
After being relinquished by Spanish control, Jamaica became a British colony in 1655. The country gained independence in 1962, but it still views the British queen as its own head of state. It is a setup that is currently under debate in the country, as Jamaica's prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, is hoping to break away from the British rule.
Bolt earned his reputation as the world's fastest man by dominating his sport over the past decade. He holds the world record in the 100 meters, 200 meters and the 4x100 meter relay. His speed has helped him capture three Olympic gold medals and five World Championships. Bolt is also known for his flamboyant style, full of flashy attire and victory celebration dances.
Prince Harry will get a chance for another up-close look at the running superstar in a few months. Bolt plans to compete in this year's Summer Olympics in London.
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