Bolting from AP to Z

All these dealings with the world’s fastest has me going to places I didn’t know I’d be going to until now. Well, until this morning, when I found out Usain Bolt – really the fastest man in the world – is bringing me to Zagreb tomorrow!
“Who’s Usain Bolt?” I was asked today. “I'm not really into horse racing. With a name like that he must be a flier!”
It’s my foreignest and glamourest assignment yet. All that expense, time and effort for a race that will last less than 10 seconds. It will be over by the time I finish typing this sentence.
Usain himself isn’t bringing me of course, but the head honchos at the AP decided that “the Muhammad Ali of athletics” is worth a correspondent in case he breaks another world record. He probably will. He was kicked out of the last 100 meters he was in for a false start, so he’ll be gunning to make amends tomorrow.
Christ, I don’t know what I’ll do if he does. Explode. It’ll be my job to let the world know as soon as he’s done it. I’ll need a reaction time quicker than his.
So I’m off in the morning. Flight’s booked, hotel booked, accreditation sorted. My contact in Zagreb, Darko, seems to be a wizard at arranging things. Despite the short notice, I’ve also been approved for Dinamo Zagreb vs. Real Madrid on Wednesday night! Then back to the Bundesliga on Thursday. A Bolt back to normality.


  1. Sounds like fun -- safe travels and I'm looking forward to reading all about it.

  2. Let's hope he doesn't bolt (groan...) out of the blocks too soon as he did at the world's the other week.

    Enjoy the road trip!


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