Harry jumps gun to outsprint Bolt

Wandsworth Guardian: Prince Harry with Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt doing his signature sign after a short sprint Prince Harry with Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt doing his signature sign after a short sprint

Usain Bolt has been beaten in a race by Prince Harry, who left the fastest man in the world behind in a cloud of dust.

Harry flashed through the finishing line arms held aloft as the Jamaican looked on bemused and with his hands on his hips.

But the historic win owed more to the royal jumping the gun and starting when the Olympic 100-metre champion was not looking than raw speed.

Bolt, 25, immediately called for a rematch against the third-in-line to the throne who side-stepped the issue. The Jamaican sprinter, who lined up against the prince when the pair met 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."

Still smarting from the defeat, Bolt said: "I think he knew that he wouldn't beat me and he wanted to make sure that he went back to London and (could say) he actually beat me, but for me it was fun. As I said he was playful and energetic and for me it was wonderful to meet him."

Bolt, 25, who clearly had a rapport with the prince, 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 sidestepped 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 track and field stars and sports officials where the pair answered questions from the audience. The sprinter said that the royal visit had been eagerly anticipated in the country. "It's all they've been talking about, all day and all night," he said.

The event was a rare occasion when a member of the Royal Family has been openly questioned in public and Harry joked: "I was told I wasn't allowed to talk and nobody would ask me any questions - it's going quite well." Highlighting the importance of sports for some children, Harry confessed: "I know that when I was at school sports was the best thing, being stuck in a classroom wasn't." Then he added: "I shouldn't have said that."

When the royal was asked about his thoughts on Jamaica's standing in the world, he highlighted the brain drain the country was experiencing, with many young people heading to the US to pursue their careers. He said: "This is a very small country, but it doesn't matter how big you are, if you've got talent use it. Don't go running off to America if you've got a clear talent your country needs."

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