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Olympic cyclist finds lost dog and comes up with ingenious method to get him home

Bolt lies exhausted on the floor of his home dog-wow
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Owain Doull found the dog by the side of a busy road while training in the Peak District. With swift presence of mind the Olympian devised a clever lead to aid the rescue.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 20/12/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

The 27-year-old Welsh cyclist was tackling a gruelling session of steep and wet roads when he encountered a small dog huddled and frightened.

Doull told The Telegraph, “I found him on the side of the road, shivering and looking a bit lost.”

The mystery owner

Stopping at once, the cyclist called the number that was printed on the dog’s collar disc but received no answer.

An address too was listed to which Doull promptly set off. He knew of the farm, and planned to cycle the short distance to reunite the dog with its owner.

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The problem Doull now faced was how best to tether the dog for the short journey.

The Welshman - who won men's team pursuit gold in the 2016 Olympics - realised his only option was to use the headphones he was wearing. In a moment, Doull had fashioned a clever lead which he attached to the dog’s collar.

The reunion

The pair set off at a slow trot to the farm, and before long arrived to a hero’s welcome. The dog, called Bolt, seemingly lived up to its name, but was fairly soon asleep, exhausted by the day’s adventures.

As for Doull, he set off and resumed his training session. Bolt’s owner, surgeon Dr James Harvey was grateful for Doull’s intervention. He later posted on Twitter, “Thanks Owain. Bolt’s exhausted and pleased to have met a new friend.”