With Ireland on course to take home a unprecedented number of medals from the London Olympics, there is one Irish man who may be responsible for helping other nations add to their tally.
Donegal man Richard or Ricky Simms will have been one of the first to congratulate Bolt on his 100 metres gold and new Olympic medal on Sunday night.
Simms has been managing Bolt since he was but a lanky 16 year old, long before anyone could have imagined that the Jamacian would go on to be the greatest sprinter the sport has ever seen and he may also take pride in 10,000 metres gold medalist Mo Farah’s success.
Simms coached the runner during his career-turning 2010 season in which he won his first major championship at the 10,000 metres in the European Championships before going on to claim the 5,000 metres at the same event.
Farah has since gone on to be coached by Cuban Alberto Salazar but as head of PACE Sports Management Simms is still his agent, where he is also responsible for some of Bolt’s multi-million dollar sponosorship deals.
The former U23 runner for Ireland at 800 and 1,500 metres says though that his relationship with the fastest man on the planet is more than a business partnership, the pair are “like brothers.”
“I spend more time with him than my partner,” says the Donegal man.
“We know each other very well. His coach is the strict one and I’m the one who supports him and tries to make it as easy as possible for him.”
Bolt himself credits Simms with helping keep his feet on the ground telling the BBC in a recent documentary, “Ricky is a great part of my life. From when I started professional he’s been my agent. We’ve had good times and he’s treated me same way since we first met.”
After picking up his fourth Olympic gold on the Jamaican stressed he has bigger things in sight.
“This gold means I’m one step closer to being a legend so now I’m working towards that,” he told the press after the event.
It takes more than one man to make a legend at this level, perhaps Donegal’s Simms can take a small part of credit in the making of two.