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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Sprinter Jarrod Geddes to train under Usain Bolt in Jamaica

Sprinter Jarrod Geddes to train under Usain Bolt in Jamaica

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Sydney sprinter Jarrod Geddes to train under Usain Bolt in Jamaica

By Daniel Lane
Sydney Morning Herald
December 5, 2013

A Sydney teenager described by Usain Bolt's manager as ''white lightning'' will take his first steps to the top in January by training alongside the fastest man on earth.

Jarrod Geddes, 19, a Sutherland university student, strutted his stuff before Bolt's father, Wellesley, and Norman Peart, the Olympic and world champion's manager, on Wednesday.

Both men immediately noted the hunger and the potential needed to challenge the best.

''He has the height like Usain, and I have seen the video of him racing and I think he's a fantastic sprinter,'' Mr Bolt said.

''He seems very determined, and I like that. When Jarrod gets to Jamaica, Norman will look after him, but Usain is the kind of person who'll drag him along.''

Mr Peart, who began mentoring Bolt in 2002 when the man destined to rewrite the record books was a school student in Kingston, said Geddes was the first non-Caribbean athlete he had taken on, and added the Australian would thrive from being exposed to the ''Jamaican way''.

''It is performance first,'' said Mr Peart of the expectations likely be placed on Geddes.

''But he's also marketable. He has courage, he has spunk, he's a good-looking boy, he can articulate and has personality. People will love that personality. I know he can deliver.''

Geddes is being mentored in Sydney by a former Jamaican sprinter, Xavier Brown and co-managed by Competitive Edge's Hayden Knowles, who took the speedster to Jamaica last year as part of a track pact.

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