Mt. San Antonio College’s fastest students got to meet the world’s fastest man on Tuesday.
Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who holds the world and Olympic records for the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, stopped by Mt. SAC to participate in a sprinting clinic with the college’s track and field team.
Despite sweltering weather that Bolt called “worse than Jamaica,” his enthusiasm for the event was obvious, and matched by the crowd of hundreds.
“For me it’s a pleasure being here,” he told the audience to cheers and applause.
With the help of Doug Todd, head coach of the track and field teams, Bolt began the clinic by demonstrating some of his preferred warm-up exercises, but not before making sure the student-athletes knew who was in charge.
“A few of you guys might try to beat me — it won’t happen,” he said with a mixture of humor and bravado.
It was a persona he maintained throughout the event, at times goading the students to improve their skills by comparing them to his own athletic prowess.
Read more in J.D. Velasco’s story at Bolt.