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Put your questions to Usain Bolt

Tom Fordyce | 13:40 UK time, Wednesday, 1 April 2009

It's not easy catching up with Usain Bolt.

Even if you had the speed - or a motorbike capable of the speed - there's finding time in the schedule of a sporting superstar in demand around the world. And, indeed, the fact that you're unlikely to have access to his mobile or email address.

It is with happy heart, then, that I type the following sentence: this blog can give you access to the fastest man the world has ever seen.

Usain Bolt wins in Beijing

It's quite simple. You post your question for the golden-spiked legend down below, and the best 12 will be put to Usain out in Jamaica this weekend. His answers will appear here early next week.

How could he possibly have been that relaxed on the blocks in Beijing? Will he have a tilt at Michael Johnson's 400m world record? And what's the ideal number of chicken nuggets to eat before an Olympic final?

Feel free to be creative - the more interesting the thought, the better the chance it has of making the cut.

For all of us there's the question of what Usain can come up with next.

After the world records and gold medals of last summer, his life has changed irrevocably. Has he been able to train with the same intensity? Can he handle the furore and pressure of being one the world's most recognisable sportsmen?

When he ran at Crystal Palace four years ago, he was able to stroll around the arena afterwards without being bothered by anyone.

At the same meet last summer, he was undoubtedly the big draw but could still walk around central London unrecognised.

Not any more. When he comes back to Britain in May for the Great Manchester 150, the city streets will come to a standstill. Sir Alex Ferguson has invited him to watch Manchester United train. Cristiano Ronaldo wants him to pop round to show him some speed drills.

The race itself sees Bolt take on Britain's Simeon Williamson and Mark Lewis-Francis on a street track. It'll be the first time he's ever raced over 150 metres, although that might not be much consolation for the Brit boys.

Do golden spikes have golden soles? A few more sprinters might be about to find out.


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