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Prince Henry of Wales (always known as Prince Harry) is one of the few persons in the world, who can boast that he has “beaten” Jamaica’s World and Olympian Champion Usain Bolt, in a race.
The Prince, decked in national colours, including Puma brand sneakers in the black, green and gold, beat Bolt in a friendly 20-metre race Tuesday March 6, at the Usain Bolt Track at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus.
There was a false start on the first try, and Bolt, in his usual jovial fashion, offered the Prince tips on how to improve his running technique. On the second attempt, Bolt eased up and allowed the Prince to win.
Just before the race Prince Harry, engaged in friendly conversation with Bolt; his coach Glen Mills; 100-metre World Champion, Yohan Blake; and MVP President, Bruce James. Former Olympian and first vice president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Grace Jackson, who moderated the informal session, presented a number of former Olympians to the Prince, including Bert Cameron, Kathy Rattray Williams and Vilma Charlton.
Prince Harry said he was happy to be in Jamaica and promised that if possible, he would visit the Jamaica Village at the London 2012 Olympics.
Bolt and the Prince then exchanged gifts, to symbolise their new friendship.
While at the track, Prince Harry observed child athletes and young national athletes during a training session.
He then moved on to the university’s Law Faculty, where he will witness a few minutes of a mock moot session. The Queen holds the title "Visitor" of the university, and Prince Harry will unveil a plaque there in honour of his grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee. The position of Visitor is considered to be the most senior official of the UWI.
Prince Harry arrived on the island yesterday (March 5) for a four-day visit representing his grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, as part of the international celebrations commemorating her Diamond Jubilee.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI [Posted 8:53 a.m.] – Nevisian, Leeward Islands and West Indies cricketer Runako Morton died in a road accident in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday March 4, 2012, Police have confirmed.
Morton, 33, crashed into a utility pole on the Solomon Hochoy Highway in Chase Village in central Trinidad. He was on his way home from a cricket match, and was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The accident occurred at around 11p.m. local time.
Morton was one of the few players from the tiny island of Nevis to play Tests for West Indies. He represented Leeward Islands from his debut in 1996-97 till 2009-10, when he shifted base to Trinidad and Tobago. He scored 4104 first-class runs for Leewards at 44.60 with 11 centuries and 25 fifties. He played five first-class matches for Trinidad, scoring 189 runs.
He played 15 Tests and 56 ODIs for West Indies, with his last appearance for his country coming against Australia in a Twenty20 international in 2010. He underachieved as a Test batsman, scoring 573 runs at an average of 22.03 with four half-centuries. He had a better record as a one-day player, scoring 1519 runs at an average of 33.75 with two centuries and ten fifties.
His maiden ODI century (110*) came in a losing cause against New Zealand in 2006. Two months later, he scored another century, but in a washed-out contest against Zimbabwe in Trinidad. However, one of his most significant one-day knocks was his match-winning unbeaten 90 against Australia in the 2006 Champions Trophy.
His in-and-out career continued with a recall for the 2007 England trip and he made runs against Zimbabwe later that year but his form never remained consistent. His most recent fifty was the unbeaten 85 against India at Kingston in 2009. His last Test appearance came in 2008 against Australia in Antigua.
Explosive batsman Chris Gayle has poured his condolences on Twitter, “We lost a True Warrior W.I Cricketer Runako Morton-May is soul rest in peace! Our memories together Live On!-My Condolences to his Family.”
“My thoughts go out to Runako Morton’s family this morning… Such sad news!! What a lovely guy & fierce competitor!! RIP bossman!!!,” tweeted England cricketer Kevin Pietersen.