Usain Bolt names former Manchester United striker as one of his sporting heroes

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has featured this week in an article published by Coach Magazine.

The interview delves deep into the life and times of the 'triple treble' Olympic gold medalist, in the run-up to the release of his upcoming documentary 'I Am Bolt' on November 28.

After talking about his diet and what he likes to eat before competitions, attentions turned to sport and in particular, Bolt's sporting heroes growing up.


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Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of those turned out to be a fellow Olympic 200m gold medalist, but in guessing the other, one may have required a wider use of the imagination.

On his sporting idols, Bolt said: "From a sprinting perspective 
I have always had a lot of respect for (Olympic 200m gold medallist) Donald Quarrie. He was somebody 
I really looked up to.

of sprinting, I was such a big fan of Ruud van Nistelrooy – his goals were one of the big reasons why I supported Manchester United. I used 
to love to watch him play."

Later in the interview, he elaborates further on his love for Manchester United by saying: "It has always been a dream of mine to play for Manchester United, and it still is a dream.

I have not spoken with Jose about it, but I know he is the right coach for the job. Maybe this season we can’t win the title, but big players want to play for Mourinho and I expect more to arrive."

Given the fact the Jamaican is a United fan, it should come as no surprise that one of his heroes was Van Nistelrooy.

The Dutchman was one of Sir Alex Ferguson's most deadly strikers and helped fire the club to numerous trophies during his time at Old Trafford.

Due to his success in the Premier League, Van Nistelrooy earned himself a move to La Liga with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

In the final section of the article, Bolt talks about winning and competing in the Olympics. 

The superstar champ is no stranger to both subjects as his resume boasts 9 Olympic and 11 World Championship gold medals.

Bolt also holds world records for the 100m and 200m sprints, with times of 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds respectively. Both records were obtained at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

On winning, he said: "From the start, my coach told me 
to never under any circumstances think about defeat. Once you start thinking about defeat... He used to tell me that you have already lost the race."

He concludes by revisiting memories of his Olympic triumphs.

"When I won the Golds in Beijing, I thought 'This is what I’ve been waiting for'.

"In London, I was just thinking that I wanted to achieve that again.

"Then before Rio, when people were talking about the ‘Triple Treble’, I knew if I could achieve that it would make me immortal, the greatest ever, never to be repeated, and I wanted that."

The 30-year-old has announced his plans for retirement after the London IAAF World Championships in nine months time, thus calling time on an illustrious career that has elevated the Jamaican far above and beyond his competitors.

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