The world’s fastest man, Digicel-sponsored Usain Bolt, just welcomed All-Ireland Champions, Tipperary, to Jamaica – and even tried his hand at the world’s fastest field game, hurling.

Tipperary Captain, Eoin Kelly, and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, go up for the high ball

Three time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, was all smiles as he met Tipperary’s All-Ireland winning hurling side, during their winter break in the Caribbean. The Jamaican athlete took time out from his busy training schedule to greet the team.

Bolt signed autographs, posed for photographs with the Tipperary players and then tried his hand at hurling. The Jamaican sprinter proved his all round sporting ability among Ireland’s finest hurlers when he picked up the hurley and sliotar and showed off his skills with Tipperary stars, Eoin Kelly and Larry Corbett.

Usain Bolt, Digicel Jamaica CEO, Mark Linehan, Tipperary skipper, Eoin Kelly

Tipperary skipper, Eoin Kelly, said; “The boys and I have had a terrific time so far in Jamaica, but having this rare and fantastic opportunity to meet one of the world’s greatest sporting icons has topped it all. Usain Bolt is a true athlete and has been very impressive with the hurley today – we would happily welcome him to the team for the 2011 season when we’ll be fighting to retain our title.”

Usain Bolt (centre) is flanked by members of the All-Ireland Champions and Digicel Jamaica CEO, Mark Linehan (far left)

Usain Bolt said; “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to meet other sportsmen who have been successful in their field. I played a little Gaelic football last year but the guys showed me a few skills and I got the hang of the hurley pretty quick. It’s a very fast game and it looks a like it could be a little dangerous – but I’ll try anything.”

Digicel Jamaica CEO, Mark Linehan, said: “Digicel has been a proud sponsor of Usain Bolt since 2004 and is a leading supporter of sport throughout the region so we were delighted today to host the coming together of two great sports – whereby the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, tried his hand at the fastest field sport in the world with the All-Ireland Champions, Tipperary.”

Digicel Jamaica CEO, Mark Linehan, talks the world’s fastest man through the basics of hurling

The event was held at the brand new Chukka Adventure centre in Trelawny, where the All-Ireland Champions, and Usain Bolt, enjoyed some of the adventure tours on the Good Hope estate, including river tubing, zip-lining and dune buggy adventures.

Chukka Adventures Director of Resort Marketing, Daniel Melville Junior, said; “We are very pleased to have been chosen by Digicel to host today’s event. The Good Hope Estate is a breathtakingly beautiful part of Jamaica and we are particularly proud to be showcasing it to our visitors from Ireland. We hope Usain and the hurling team enjoyed a fantastic day out with our tours.”

Usain Bolt holds three Olympic gold medals. The Jamaican shattered the world record again in 2009, running 100 metres in 9.58 seconds at the world championships, retaining his title as the fastest man on earth. He also holds the 200m world record.

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