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Posted: Sunday April 12, 2009 11:55AM; Updated: Sunday April 12, 2009 11:55AM

Report: Bolt tried weed as a kid

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Usain Bolt told Bild newspaper that he tried marijuana as a youngster

Bolt said marijuana use was common place in his home of Jamaica

Bolt set world records in the 100 and 200 meters at the Beijing Olympics

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BERLIN (AP) -- Three-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt tried marijuana as a kid, according to Bild newspaper.

Bolt, who set world records in the 100 and 200 meters at the Beijing Olympics and was part of the Jamaican team that broke the world mark in the 400-meter relay, made the admission in an interview published online Sunday.

"In Jamaica, you learn as a child how to roll a joint. Everyone here has tried it. I did too -- but I was real young then," Bolt was quoted as saying. "My family and my friends don't smoke and I don't hang out any longer with people who smoke."

Bild said one of its reporters met Bolt at a disco in Kingston, Jamaica, and that the sprinter drank Guinness mixed with Red Bull. The paper added that Bolt has been assigned two bodyguards by the Jamaican government.

Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 
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