A Bolt trumps a Loaf for grand final

OLYMPIC gold medallists Usain Bolt and Sally Pearson, mighty mare Black Caviar and someone who can sing are on the AFL's wish-list for the grand final next month.

Bolt, Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter, would run rings around last year's shambolic effort by ageing rocker Meat Loaf, who was rumoured to have been paid $500,000 for his mumbling medley.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said yesterday he had invited the world's fastest man to the big game.

After winning the 100 metres, 200 metres and the 4x100 relay in London, Bolt confirmed he planned a September holiday in Australia.

Bolt - a cricket enthusiast - and his 100-metres silver medallist countryman Yohan Blake have also been chased by Big Bash teams Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers to appear or even play.

Demetriou also confirmed that the main act for September 29 had been booked. He refused to give away details but declared that the performance would be better than Meat Loaf. ''God, I hope so. Oh please. As long as they can sing, that'd be a good start,'' Demetriou said.


Just back from a mid-season family holiday enjoying the London Olympics and Europe, he said honouring the likes of Bolt, Pearson and Black Caviar would provide fans with a great moment of celebration.

''I remember many years ago, when Muhammad Ali did a lap of the MCG, the reception he got, it was very moving.

''If Usain Bolt did make himself available, I think all of us would be in awe of his greatness and appreciate what we've seen.''

Demetriou said he witnessed Bolt's 200-metres win and described it as a ''sight to behold''.