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Usain Bolt reveals lesson from his strict father that drove him to be the fastest man on earth

Mirror logo Mirror 14/1/2018 Jilly Beattie

a man with a football ball: The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt. © Getty Images The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt. Usain Bolt has his dad’s strict timekeeping to thank for the impatience that drove him to be the fastest man on the planet.

The sprinter told how his parents still keep him in check despite his 31 years – and his dad would still tell him off if he was late.

Speaking of his drive to succeed, he said: “My impatience doesn’t come from anxiety. It’s from my upbringing.

“My dad Willis is a stickler for timekeeping. He’d rather be five hours early than a minute late and it’s habitual for me to be the same.

“If I was late my dad would be upset with me because late is not an option. It’s about good manners and respect. Now I don’t like people being late.”

The Jamaican – who has eight Olympic gold medals – admitted the only woman in his life who can bring him down to earth is his still his mother Jennifer.

He added: “She’s the only person who can really make me cry. If mom’s not happy, I’m not happy. If my mom gets sick or she’s not happy, it upsets me and yeah, it makes me cry.”

Bolt, who ran the 100 metres in 9.58 seconds to claim the world record in 2009, insists his cocky exterior is a show.

He said: “When people see me on the track after a race having fun, they’re like, ‘Look at him showing off’.

“A lot of people who have met me have told me, ‘I thought you were cocky but you’re a nice person’.

“You should never assume something about someone, especially if you have never met them. Again it comes from my parents. My upbringing has been very steady and my parents would kick my a** if I changed.

“Even today I can see the look in dad’s eyes if something goes wrong. He might say something I disagree with and he looks at me with that expression. I have to say, ‘Dad you can’t whip my a**, calm down’.

“He still has that look from when I was young. I’m still his little boy. So I try to avoid anything like that.”

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