Usain Bolt described Prince Harry as “cool” yesterday after a mock race in which the prince crossed the finishing line first.
The Jamaican superstar sprinter, who lined up against the prince at the athlete’s training track in Kingston, said: “He cheated. I said we would have a rematch in London 2012 and Harry said ‘I’m busy’.”
He went on to praise the Queen’s grandson, visiting Jamaica to mark her Diamond Jubilee: “He’s cool, very down to earth. When you meet dignitaries you think it will be difficult but he just wanted to laugh – it was an honour and a pleasure to meet him.
“I’m still the fastest man in the world so he has a long way to go.”
Bolt, 25, was asked what he thought about his country’s prime minister Portia Simpson Miller’s plans to drop the Queen as head of state.
But he side-stepped the issue saying: “I don’t do politics at any time. I leave that to the politicians.”
Before the race, Harry and Bolt attended a reception for former Jamaican athletes, aspiring stars and sports officials where Harry teased his hosts about whether Jamaica or Britain would have the biggest Olympic medal tally
He said: “To come here and see all you guys working here is fantastic. Hopefully fingers crossed we will win more gold medals than you.”