Bolt says he is no womaniser

November 16, 2016
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Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, said he should not be viewed as a womaniser.

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, the nine-time Olympic Gold winner said that his post-Rio Games exploits were misunderstood.

"The British press is always trying to make me out to be this bad guy who loves women and how all I do is women and stuff. I was telling this English press guy, you can't judge a different culture by your own culture. In England when you get famous the first thing you do is get married and have kids. In Jamaica it's different, like my parents had me and they got married 11 years later," Bolt told GQ magazine.

"In Jamaica we wine on each other. It's our culture. People see it the first time, they're like, What is going on? It's like they are having sex in the club! No, that's just the culture. It's how we are."

At age 30, Bolt is the first track athlete to have completed the triple triple after winning gold in the 100m, 200m and the sprint relay at the just concluded Rio Olympic Games. He struck gold in those very events in Beijing, 2008, and London in 2012.

However, the bombastic sprinter has been under heavy scrutiny since he was photographed partying with a bevy of women, one of whom he appeared to be kissing.

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding described as shocking, reports out of Brazil and the United Kingdom which paint sprint king Bolt as a womaniser.

"The reports are disturbing, and, if true, are far below what is expected of our most celebrated contemporary icon," the former prime minister told THE STAR via email.

Golding said "Bolt's management would clearly have dropped the ball, but he himself would have to take responsibility for his actions."

"Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for him. I know he is smart and responsible enough to understand that he carries on his shoulders and in his persona the pride and adulation of millions of Jamaicans here and abroad, and I know him well enough to assert that he would never want to let them down," Golding said.