THE undisputed king of the London Olympics, Usain Bolt, has slipped into Sydney to begin a holiday.
Bolt was spotted darting through Sydney Airport yesterday after arriving on a flight from New York via Los Angeles about 11am. He evaded the small group of photographers who were in the airport to capture his arrival,
the local band of paparazzi too slow to catch the speeding athlete as he ran towards a waiting car.
Bolt quickly made himself at home in his hotel, the Hilton, tweeting a photo from his suite showing the downtown view from his room at midday.
It is understood he arrived with his brother Sadiki, although in August it was reported his training partner and Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake would join him on his Australian adventure.
It was during a Channel 9 interview after his London Olympics victory in the 100 metres that Bolt declared: ''I want to say to the Australian people I'm coming to vacation in September. Look out.''
Bolt has travelled here without his manager, who remains in London and has told Bolt's sponsor Puma, as well as Athletics Australia, that the visit is ''holidays only''.
Puma has been trying to link up with its most high-profile client since Bolt announced holiday plan. The sportswear company took Bolt to an AFL game during his visit in 2010 and was hoping to take him to the grand final, in which another of its clients, Hawthorn, is playing against the Sydney Swans. Australian sprinter John Steffensen, who knows Bolt and his travelling companions, was also keen to protect his friend's privacy and declined to comment on their planned activities.
Along with brother Sadiki, Bolt is here with friend Christopher Martin, a Jamaican reggae star, and another friend. Last month, Britain's The Guardian reported Bolt was considering an offer from Shane Warne to play Twenty20 cricket in this summer's Big Bash.
The Melbourne Stars franchise, for which Warne is the marquee player, confirmed it had opened negotiations with the sprint star through his management company. Bolt played junior cricket in Jamaica and has expressed a love for the sport.
By midafternoon a full media contingent had descended on the Hilton eager to capture a glimpse of Bolt, who with his entourage employed various tactics to escape the prying lenses, including using a decoy car with darkened windows to fool the press pack into believing they had left the hotel, only to sneak out a side door undetected.
with Georgina Robinson