Gold medal­list shooter Dan Repa­choli dishes out clas­sic dig to the fastest man in world

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

THE star power of the world’s fastest man has been shin­ing brightly on the Gold Coast.

Since his ar­rival on Wed­nes­day,

Usain Bolt has lit up faces, dance floors, DJ booths and func­tions ev­ery­where he has gone.

Not only does he cap­ti­vate the gen­eral pub­lic, he is also hav­ing a sim­i­lar ef­fect on some of the ath­letes and big names on the Gold Coast.

But hard-case and ohso-af­fa­ble Aus­tralian

50m air pis­tol gold medal­list Daniel Repa­choli barely skipped a beat when meet­ing Bolt at The Star on Thurs­day.

Repa­choli, who has emerged as one of the real char­ac­ters of this Games, had a slight height ad­van­tage over Bolt, as this photo of them at­tests. When asked about meet­ing the most fa­mous ath­lete on the planet, Repa­choli said: “It was great – he’s a bit shorter than I thought.

“I thought he was sup­posed to be a nor­mal­sized per­son,” he added be­fore launch­ing into his sig­na­ture cackle. Aus­tralian Par­a­lympic swim­mer and wheel­chair bas­ket­ball player El­lie Cole was some­what more ef­fu­sive af­ter her brush with Bolt.

She noted: “I re­mem­ber when I was a kid and used to look up to a whole lot of ath­letes like Usain and I still do.

“But it is amaz­ing be­ing in the swim team and meet­ing all these amaz­ing ath­letes – you just come to re­alise all of them are just nor­mal peo­ple.

“It is great to see him get­ting out here and ev­ery­one get­ting ex­cited be­cause he’s the kind of guy who in­spires kids to want to be Olympians.”

It was great – he’s a bit shorter than I thought

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