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President Obama gives props to Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

President Obama gives props to Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Jamaican track and field sprinter Usain Bolt applauds as he listens to President Obama at a town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

The opportunity was just too good for President Obama to pass up.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Jamaica on Thursday, Obama spotted world-class sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the audience at the University of West Indies.

The president gave them a quick shout-out.

"Well, you have the fastest people on the planet," he said. "You've got to say 'hi' to them, right?"

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Bolt is returning from an injury that caused him to miss much of last season. The six-time Olympic champion is scheduled to race in France and Switzerland in July.

Fraser-Pryce, an Olympic gold medalist and triple world champion, plans to run the 100 meters in Shanghai next month.

"There are a lot of people out there," Obama said, referring to the global population. "And they're the fastest."

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