It appears Usain Bolt is staying busy in what is currently his offseason.
The world’s fastest man, an eight-time Olympic champion in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, starred in a Japanese commercial for a Pokémon video game. According to Toronto-based The Score, “Usain Bolt has teamed up with Pikachu to help promote Pokémon Sun and Moon for Nintendo 3DS.”
The 30-year-old had a rather up-and-down winter losing one of his Olympic gold medals because Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter used a banned substance during the team’s 4x100m relay in Beijing. In rather rare appearances, Bolt raced at the Nitro Athletics series in Australia winning each of his three races including an individual 150m.
The world record holder in the three marquee sprint events is getting recognized for his part in the Pokémon commercial as the video has amassed more than 570,000 views on YouTube. The footage was posted on Feb. 27. The video combines two 15-second clips as Bolt stars in both commercials.
“Even in a Pokémon battle, I’m number one,” Bolt says. Not surprisingly, Bolt does his signature “Lightning Bolt” pose in the commercial, in which he represents Team Skull. The sprint legend is expected to retire from professional athletics following the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.