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Prince Harry Beats Usain Bolt in Jamaica

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By Christine Thomasos , Christian Post Reporter
March 6, 2012|4:36 pm
Prince Harry (Photo:REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)

Prince Harry and Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt run a race at the Usain Bolt track at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica March 6, 2012.

Prince Henry of Wales, third in line to inherit the British throne, beat Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, on Tuesday.

The prince, 27, also referred to as Harry, sparked laughter in Bolt while racing the Jamaican track star in his native country. Although he won the short distance race against the track and field star, Bolt was visibly jogging against the prince instead of sprinting.

The prince's visit to Jamaica is part of the Diamond Jubilee tour in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating a 60-year reign on the throne.

After making stops at the Bahamas and Belize, the prince visited Jamaica where he met with the country's new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller. The prime minister is trying to eliminate remnants of the British rule that Jamaica declared its independence from in 1962.

Although Miller said she admired the British queen, the new prime minister said a change was necessary in the country that will celebrate its 50th year of independence in August.

"I think the fact that August coming will be 50 years since we have gained our independence, that it's time for us to sever the ties," Miller told The Associated Press.

Still, the prince paid homage to the country by racing Bolt and speaking to spectators about keeping their talents in the West Indian territory.

"Don't go running off to America, because you've got talent your country needs," Harry told a crowd of university students and athletes who watched him workout with Bolt.

Although Bolt was also an attraction for the Jamaican crowd, the prince gained fans after arriving in the country. After receiving a 21-gun salute from the Jamaica Defense Force, some expressed excitement for the opportunity to meet the prince.

"It's the first time I have ever been this close to royalty," 23-year-old medical student Shikera Fearon told The Associated Press.

 

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