Usain Bolt dashes onto Temple Run 2

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For a limited time only, the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, will be a purchasable playable character in hit mobile game Temple Run 2.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

We suppose it makes sense that a champion runner would star in an endless runner title, and who better than six-time Olympic gold medallist and record-breaking Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt? Imangi Studios, maker of the massively popular Temple Run games, has just announced that is has signed the athlete on as its very first branded playable character for a "limited time" only.

Bolt joins the game's cast of fictional characters as a 99-cent in-app purchase available from the game's "Upgrades" menu, wearing his signature yellow-and-green Olympic uniform. He also brings with him a new power-up, "Bolt". When activated, the character auto-dashes at breakneck speed, immune from the game's traps, with the coin magnet.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

"I am a big fan of Temple Run. I travel all over the world, and travel time gives me lots of opportunity to play Temple Run at airports or on car journeys," Bolt said. "It's exciting to see myself represented within a game I already play."

Bolt is available free; to get access to the purchase, you will need to update the game.

Temple Run 2 is free for iOS and Android.

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