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Ambassador Bolt ... Star cricketer Gayle hails sprinter's impact

Published:Thursday | September 26, 2013 | 12:00 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):

Chris Gayle, arguably the world's leading T20 batsman, has described countryman Usain Bolt as Jamaica's biggest ambassador on the global stage.

"Words cannot explain what he (Bolt) has done for Jamaica and the world," said Gayle during an interview with Gulfnews.com yesterday.

"He has rewritten history."

The fastest man on the planet has established himself as [a] legend by becoming the first male sprinter to retain the Olympic 100m and 200m gold medals, achieved in London last year.

Bolt also boasts the highest tally of sprint medals at the World Championships, surpassing American Carl Lewis in quality.

The big Jamaican also took the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August and is the holder of 100m (9.58 seconds) and 200m (19.19 seconds) world records.

"I am really happy for him. I have heard him speaking about how he trains etc, and hope youngsters can take a leaf out of his book," said Gayle.

"I hope he can go on to do bigger things. Everywhere you go, you hear people say Usain Bolt, Usain Bolt now. He has done wonders for Jamaica," Gayle added.