CRACK SHOT HAS BULLET FOR MR BOLT
Gold medallist shooter Dan Repacholi dishes out classic dig to the fastest man in world
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