Even superheroes have heroes that inspire them, and that’s true for the fastest man on the planet too! This may hit you like a bolt, but the fact is that the man with five Olympic gold medals under his belt says he’s always been inspired by Pakistani cricketers.
Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt said in an interview with BBC Radio that when he started watching cricket, as a child of six, “Pakistan was my team”. In particular, Bolt said, he was tremendously impressed by Waqar Younis whose ‘great, in-swinging yorker’ had him glued to the television. It’ll be great consolation to Younis that ungrateful countrymen may have forgotten his contribution to Pakistani cricket, but one of the world’s greatest legends still holds him in such high regard.
Bolt is also a great football fan, and backs Manchester United. He says after retiring from running, he actually may consider a career in cricket or football.
The man who has wowed spectators at three Olympics now – he won the 100m and the 200m races, and the 4×100 relay at Beijing in 2008, and in London in 2012, is looking for an unprecedented ‘triple-triple’ – gold medals in all three events. He’s already won the first of the three – gold in 100m, and is the favorite for the 200m final race on Thursday. He’s hoping his teammates in the 4×100 relay will help him make it to the record books on Saturday.