IT APPEARS the fastest man on the planet couldn't resist the charms of a young Dartford athlete.
Megan Edwards, 22, a junior athlete at Dartford Harriers Athletic Club, is said to have enjoyed dates with Usain Bolt during his triple gold winning performance at the Olympics last month.
As he did in Beijing four years ago the 25-year-old Jamaican sprint king claimed the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles.
But before London 2012 kicked off, the pair apparently swapped phone numbers after sharing a catwalk when she was chosen to model the Jamaican Olympic team kit
The former Leigh Technical Academy pupil caught Bolt's eye and is rumoured to have joined him in celebrating his Olympic triumphs on a night out in east London and the West End along with Bolt's teammate Yohan Blake and boxers Amir Khan and Lennox Lewis.
Miss Edwards' former coach at Dartford Harriers, Alan Champion, remembers a "terrific, bubbly and effervescent" young lady with some serious talent on the track.
He told News Shopper: "She is a very good all-round athlete, a tremendous character and a nice girl."
Mr Champion, a top-level qualified sprint trainer who coached Miss Edwards from the age of 13 to 19, recalls a feisty competitor in one triple jump competition at the prestigious national schools championships, where Miss Edwards competed in 2005 and 2006.
The 74-year-old said: "At the English Schools they called 'no jump' as she jumped and she leapt up in the air and shouted 'You just cannot be serious'.
"She got down on her hands and knees and examined the board to make sure it wasn't a no jump."
A fine heptathlete, triple jumper and occasional middle distance runner, Edwards had injury problems and hasn't quite made it to the top.
But the door is certainly open at Dartford Harriers if she ever chooses to be a trainer.
"She would make a very good coach," said Mr Champion.
"She gets on with all the kids. If she was in charge of a group she would really make them work.
"She always put 110 per cent effort into everything."
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
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