LONDON: Usain Bolt was involved in a minor car crash shortly before dawn on Sunday in his homeland of Jamaica, but the world’s fastest man was not hurt.
Publicist Carole Beckford said the three-time Olympic champion was returning from a party with friends when he was involved in a “fender bender” in Jamaica’s capital Kingston.
“There were no injuries at all. He is fine and resting at home,” Beckford said.
Police in the Half-Way-Tree area where the accident took place say they are still investigating, but it appears that the sprinting champ somehow lost control of his black BMW and swerved into guard rails.
Fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell was travelling in another car at the time and was at the scene of Bolt’s accident.
“My friend and countryman @usainbolt is ok after a fender bender,” Powell’s Twitter account said on Sunday morning.
The athlete’s Twitter feed dispelled rumours that he was also hurt: “Contrary to the news, I was in another car.”
Bolt and Powell had just returned to Jamaica after competing at the Diamond League meeting in Norway.
At that meeting, Bolt recovered from a poor start to win the 100 metres in 9.79 seconds, beating Powell by 0.06 seconds.
Bolt remains undefeated this year.
But it’s not the first time Bolt has been in a worrying car crash in Jamaica.
In 2009, he crashed a black BMW, flipping it into a ditch along a highway with two female passengers, CNN reported at the time.
He required minor surgery on his left foot after stepping onto thorns while getting out of the wreckage.
A month after the accident, Bolt told reporters: “After something like that you look at life through and over, and look at what has gone wrong – where you should improve or should be careful.” – daily mail