Usain Bolt hits Sydney, outruns waiting media

ANDREW HORNERY
Last updated 16:47 26/09/2012

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The undisputed king of the London Olympics, Usain Bolt, slipped into Sydney this morning to begin a private holiday.

Bolt was spotted darting through Sydney Airport after arriving on a flight from New York via Los Angeles about 11am (local time).

He evaded the small group of photographers who were in the airport to capture his arrival, the local band of paparazzi too slow to catch the speeding athlete as he ran towards a waiting car.

Bolt quickly made himself at home in his hotel, The Sydney Hilton.

He arrived with his brother Sadiki, although in August it was reported his training partner and Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake would join him on his Australian adventure.

Also here are his friend Christopher Martin, a Jamaican reggae star, and another friend.

It was during a Channel Nine interview following his London Olympics tour de force and his victorious 100-metre dash that Bolt declared: "I want to say to the Australian people I'm coming to vacation in September. Look out."

Bolt has travelled here without his manager, who remains in London and has told Bolt's sponsor Puma, as well as Athletics Australia, that the visit is "holidays only".

Puma has been trying to link up with its world famous client since Bolt announced his intention to holiday here after the Olympics.

The sportswear company took Bolt to an AFL game during his visit in 2010 and was hoping to take him to the grand final, in which another of its clients, Hawthorn, is playing against the Sydney Swans.

Australian sprinter John Steffensen, who knows Bolt and his travelling companions, was also keen to protect his friend's privacy and declined to comment on their planned activities when contacted by the Herald today.

Last month, London's Guardian reported Bolt was considering an offer from the former Test leg-spinner Shane Warne to play Twenty20 cricket in the coming summer's Big Bash League next season.

The Melbourne Stars franchise, for which Warne is the marquee player, confirmed it had opened negotiations with the Olympic sprint star through his management company.

Bolt played junior cricket in Jamaica and has expressed a love for the sport.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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