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My victory at the world junior championship was so famous that when I returned to Sherwood Content with the gold medal, they drove me home with a motorcade.

Yes, a motorcade.

Bolt at the world youth championship in 2003. Photo: AFP.

That was the first time in my life that I enjoyed the feeling of becoming a public person.

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing even though I knew Jamaica had a tradition of respecting athletes, especially in athletics.

That was the first time I felt the life of a famous person.

The morning I returned to Trelawny, I had become one of the most famous people in Jamaica.

At school is a different story.

My parents decided to let me go to extra school at night.


There are too many temptations around Bolt.

But there are still too many other distractions.

Before winning the championship, I also had a serious girlfriend, but things gradually became complicated when I also flirted with another girl.

I became more and more bold in flirting with women.

I’m not trying to justify myself, but there are indeed too many temptations around.

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