Olympic Gold medalist sprinter Usain Bolt has won the third consecutive Gold medal in 100 m sprint on Sunday, but he is no stranger to the game of cricket. Bolt, who stormed past Justin Gatlin to the finish line to win a third straight gold medal in the event, compared his achievements to picking up a hat-trick in cricket.
The Jamaican’s love for cricket is well known. In fact, his half-brother Sadik took up the sport as his career. When enquired whether Bolt would compare his treble of 100 sprint gold to three sixes or a hat trick. “Hat-trick, because I am a better bowler than a batsman and hat-trick sounds good,” Bolt told Navbharat Times .
In 2014 Bolt came in India to participate in a promotional cricket match sponsored by Puma, featuring Indian cricketers Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh, and fellow countryman Chris Gayle. He even went on to bowl a few overs and got the wicket of Gayle. Later, all participants of the match even ran a 100m sprint as a light gesture.
To win a gold medal in a particular event for a third straight Olympics is no trivial feat. Excessive exercise and strict diet are supposed to key. So what exactly was Bolt’s diet in the build up to Rio? “To know about that, you will have to wait for my upcoming documentary,” Bolt quipped, before admitting: “This time I mostly ate Asian food. Noodles and chicken. Had good rest and was relaxed.”
Bolt made his first appearance in Olympic in 2008 Beijing Olympic and has taken the world by storm winning the gold medal in 100 m sprint in 9.59 second.