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Bolt best ever - Martinot-Lagarde

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence
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French hurdler Pascal Martinot-Lagarde says Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt is the best athlete he has ever seen.

Martinot-Lagarde, the 2010 World Junior 110-metre hurdles champion, says Bolt has brought fun to the sport of athletics. The 24-year-old Frenchman made his opinion known in an interview in the IAAF Personal Best series.

Asked who was the best athlete he has ever seen, Martinot Lagarde said: "Without doubt, it is Usain Bolt.

"Our sport became more fun since he burst on to the scene at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games," he continued, in an interview that appeared on the website of the International Association of Athletics Fede-rations, www.iaaf.org.

Martinot-Lagarde was just 17 when Bolt won the Olympic gold medals in the 100 and 200m, with world records

in Beijing. The charismatic Jamaican unveiled his now famous 'To Di Worl' pose there and danced to reggae music after each stunning victory.

The Frenchman is an accomplished senior athlete now with silver and bronze medals from consecutive visits to the World Indoor Championships in 2012 and 2014. He is the latest in a line of French hurdlers who began with 1976 Olympic champion Guy Drut.

Martinot-Lagarde placed fourth in Beijing at the recent World Championships in the 110-metre hurdles final in which Jamaica's Hansle Parchment placed second.