"He's cool, very down to earth," says the athlete of meeting (and running with) the prince

By Rennie Dyball
Updated March 06, 2012 12:00 PM
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Prince Harry may be royal of many talents, but sprinting does not appear to be one of them.

On his visit to Jamaica Tuesday, the prince, 27, got to meet Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt, and the two “raced” at the University of West Indies stadium in Kingston, the BBC reports.

After a false start, Harry – who also planned to meet Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday – raced down the track while Bolt jogged behind him.

“He cheated. I said we would have a rematch in London 2012 and Harry said, ‘I’m busy,’ ” joked Bolt. “He’s cool, very down to earth. When you meet dignitaries you think it will be difficult, but he just wanted to laugh – it was an honor and a pleasure to meet him.”

But, added Bolt, “I’m still the fastest man in the world – so he has a long way to go.”

Harry’s visit was one of the events planned for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, marking her 60-year reign. He previously visited Belize and the Bahamas.