Usain - the answers
If you recall, a few weeks ago I posted a blog offering the chance to ask Usain Bolt any question you liked - as long as it was original, interesting and free of smut/libel/foolishness.
The responses didn't disappoint. Neither, I'm glad to say, did the fastest man in history's answers.
Without any further ado, here's the video of Usain's answers. The great man will be in the UK for the Great Manchester 150 on 17 May, which will be shown live on BBC Two (1700-1830 BST), so you can always try to catch him then.
Here are the questions we selected to send out to Jamaica where the questions were put to Bolt by David Hart, of Nova International, which is staging the Manchester event.
David apologised that not all questions could be asked due to time constraints. The questions that were not used are in italics.
Betsenbell (putt snaa an it) wrote:
Usain, what was the last song you listened to before running in the 100m Olympic final and did this help motivate you to win?
Have you ever been offered performance enhancing drugs and have you ever been tempted to take them?
If you hadn't eased up towards the end of the 100m in Beijing, how fast would you have run?
Have you ever suffered from nerves in a race? If you did, how did you overcome this?
If you had to pick three rules to follow to become a champion, what would they be?
Reddevilyardie (they say I'm a glory hunter) wrote:
How did you feel when at Western Champs 2001 I blazed down the track on the anchor leg of Cornwall College's class 2 4x100 relay team to pip you to the line while you were anchoring William Knibb in heat 2?
Do you think self-confidence is more important to success than all that physical conditioning and fitness stuff? After all we all gotta get our McNuggets.
Who would be in your dream 100 metre final out of past and present athletes?
What does a typical training day consist of for you?
If you could do anything in the world other than athletics what would it be? And what would you consider doing for a living once you eventually decide to hang up your spikes?
What are the main factors that set Jamaican athletes apart from the mighty USA and the former East Germany in the 1970s and 1980s? Is it just the beautiful island, climate, methods ... what?
What training drills and exercises would you recommend to someone looking to improve their 100m time?
Have you ever had a time when your confidence was low? And if so, how did you come out of it and get to where you are now?
Have you ever missed a bus?