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Charmed by the planet's fastest man

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Sonja McLaughlan | 13:50 UK time, Monday, 17 August 2009

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And suddenly he was standing in front of me. The overwhelming emotion was not to panic at the prospect of interviewing the man who is fast becoming the hottest property in world sport.

In my headphones I could hear BBC's golf correspondent, Iain Carter, hand over to me from the USPGA championship in Minnesota, and the next thing I knew I'm live on the radio, talking to Usain Bolt.

I work out my questions in advance, just in case, in the heat of the battle, I get brain fade and it all goes to mush just at the wrong moment.

You have to take a big deep breath and tell yourself to concentrate, a bit like an athlete visualising their race in the calm moments before the gun goes bang.

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