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VIDEO: Bolt leads the way for #ALSChallenge in Jamaica

World's fastest man douses himself with ice cold water for charity
Posted: 21/08/2014 12:23 PM
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USAIN BOLT proved he was not only the fastest man on the track, but also showed his need for speed off track too after becoming one of the first high-profile Jamaicans to take on the #ALSChallenge.

The sprinter doused himself in ice cold water in a bid to raise money and awareness for research into ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neurone disease).

Bolt was nominated to take part in the challenge, which has taken the internet by storm in recent days, by fellow sprinter Asafa Powell and went on to nominate fellow track star Warren Weir, Jamaican politician and friend Lisa Hanna and singer Chris Martin to follow his lead.

"I accept this challenge from Asafa Powell," a topless Bolt says at the start of the short clip. "I nominate Chris Martin, Warren Weir and Lisa Hanna. You have 24 hours to accept this challenge."

The 28-year-old is then seen poring a bucket, containing water and ice cubes, over his head and grimacing as it hits his skin.

A spate of videos of billionaire business moguls, sportsmen even former Presidents tipping buckets of freezing water over themselves.

The action is aimed at raising money for research into ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neurone disease) and in the UK to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Macmillan Cancer Support.

But braving freezing water is not enough, a small donation is also expected and so far #icebucketchallenge has raised more than £13.8 million for charity.

After an icy soaking the participant then nominates two or three further people to undertake the challenge within 24 hours. Those who forfeit the challenge must donate a larger sum of money to a good cause.

Names including former US President George Bush, talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey, model Jourdan Dunn and Simon Cowell are among the names who have already taken part.