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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt on Zika outbreak in Rio: I'm too fast to get bit

by Eun Kyung Kim /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is known for being lightning fast — he's fastest runner in the world. But is he fast enough to outrun pesky mosquitoes?

The 29-year-old Olympian thinks so.

Less than three months away from the start of the Summer Olympics in Brazil, Bolt says he has little fear about the Zika outbreak that may endanger him and other athletes competing in Rio.

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“Hopefully, by the time I get there, they'll have it under control,” he told NBC’s Peter Alexander. “I'm sure they'll put things in place to sort it out. So I'm not really stressed right now.”

That may be in part because Usain actually appears to repel mosquitoes, according to his teammates.

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“Because I'm fast," he explained. "They can't catch me.”

Usain hopes that speed will help him win gold in both the 100-meter and 200-meter races, which would make him the first runner to do so in three straight Olympic games following victories in Beijing and London.

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