Prince Harry, Bolt talk running

2012-03-06 18:12
Prince Harry and Usain Bolt (AP)
Kingston - It wasn't much of a race, but then it really couldn't have been as the world's fastest man and Britain's Prince Harry met up on a track Tuesday in the Jamaican capital.

The prince got off to a false start and was about 50 meters down the track as Usain Bolt bent over with laughter. The Olympic medallist then jogged up to Harry, making one of his signature skyward points for a crowd of onlookers at the University of the West Indies in the Jamaican capital.

Later, the two exchanged pleasantries and talked about running for an audience made up mostly of university students, including many athletes. The prince noted Jamaica's international reputation as a track and field powerhouse and said it was impressive for a small nation of nearly 3 million.

"Don't go running off to America, because you've got talent your country needs." he told the crowd.

Harry is touring the Caribbean as part of a Diamond Jubilee tour in honour of Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates 60 years on the throne. The 27-year-old prince , who made earlier stops in the Bahamas and Belize, arrived by private jet and received a 21-gun salute from members of the Jamaica Defence Force.

His visit comes as the new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has called anew for the severing of ties with the British monarchy.

Jamaica has been independent from Britain since 1962 but still recognises the queen of England as the titular head of state.

Simpson Miller, who was scheduled to have lunch with Prince Harry during the visit, has professed admiration for the queen, but said
political change is necessary to eliminate the vestiges of colonialism.

"I think the fact that August coming will be 50 years since we have gained our independence, that it's time for us to sever the ties," she said on Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press.

At the track stadium, though, there was nothing but enthusiasm for the prince. University students waved enthusiastically and cheered for him, calling for him to come out of his motorcade. "It's the first time I have ever been this close to royalty," 23-year-old medical student Shikera Fearon said as the prince pulled away.

Read more on:    usian bolt  |  prince harry

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.