Usain Bolt’s performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, during which he won three gold medals, was apparently fuelled by 1,000 chicken McNuggets.
The Jamaican sprinter makes the revelation in his memoir, Faster Than Lightning, to be released Tuesday. Excerpts were published by the New York Post.
Then a 22-year-old, Bolt says he wasn’t fond of Chinese food so he turned to McDonald’s.
“At first I ate a box of 20 for lunch, then another for dinner,” Bolt writes. “The next day I had two boxes for breakfast, one for lunch and then another couple in the evening. I even grabbed some fries and an apple pie to go with it.”
He estimates that he ate 100 nuggets a day over a 10-day span, which adds up to 1,000 chunks of chicken.
“Man, I should have gotten a gold medal for all that chowing down,” he writes.
Bolt also describes how the “ladies threw themselves” at him after he became an overnight sensation at the Games.
“I was able to get any lady I wanted ... I could walk into a party and take my pick,” he writes. “I would go into a club and think, ‘Hmm, a’ight, which one? You ... ? You ... ? Oh, you! Let’s do this’ ”
Bolt won gold in the 100-metre, 200m and 4x100m events in Beijing.