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Friday 31 October 2014

Usain Bolt 'is like my brother' says Irish agent

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the line to win gold in the MenÂs 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Usain Bolt in his trademark pose after winning the men's 100-metres final (AP/Matt Slocum)
Daniele Matias Hypolito of Brazil chalks her feet on the uneven bars during training sessions for artistic gymnastics ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Training Academy on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Irish sports agent behind the fastest man on the planet has told how he and Usain Bolt are "like brothers" and how he spends more time with the Olympic champion than his own girlfriend.

Donegal man Ricky Simms is the Jerry Maguire-style figure behind the charismatic Jamaican who wowed the world with his 9.63 second 100m sprint into the history books on Sunday night.

The 37-year-old from Milford, Co Donegal has been managing the greatest sprinter the world has ever known since he was a 16-year-old fledgling track star.

"I always think we're like brothers. I spend more time with him than I do with my partner. We know each other very well. His coach is the strict one and I'm the one that supports him and tries to make it as easy for him as possible."

In a recent BBC documentary, the most charismatic sportsman since Mohammed Ali revealed how he valued his close friendship with the Donegal man who brokers all his contracts.

"Ricky is a great part of my life. From when I started professional he's been my agent. We've had good times and he's treated me the same way since the first time we met," he said.

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