London, May 5 (ANI): Usain Bolt, who has been dating Lubica Slovak for six months and the relationship is described as "very serious", has been engulfed in a race row as Jamaicans have accused him of suffering from "white woman complex" due to his fashion designer girlfriend.
His arm around her waist, the world's fastest man and his latest girlfriend are the picture of togetherness.
"Love has no race - it's a heart to heart connection," the Daily Mail quoted a friend of Slovak as saying.
But 25-year-old Bolt has come in for criticism from fellow black Jamaicans unhappy that he has chosen a white partner.
"Really now Usain! Some successful black men obviously suffer from a white woman complex. You too?," one online posting said.
"Another one of our men snatched," another said.
"Out of all the girls on this island you pick a snowbunny.
"These superstars will always disappoint if we depend on them to raise our racial identity," one of the many protests said.
The sprinter nicknamed Lightning Bolt is known for his mid-race celebrations and post- victory bow-and-arrow pose.
He is the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder over 100 and 200 metres.
He hopes to smash his own records and retain his titles in London this summer, watched by his Slovakian-born girlfriend.
The 28-year-old emigrated to Canada with her father when she was 14 and studied fashion design at the Ryerson University in Toronto.
She moved to Jamaica after she 'fell in love' with the island during a holiday in 2000.
Slovak was introduced to Bolt last year through a mutual friend, reggae singer Tami Chynn, with whom she owns an award-winning clothing line called Anuna and a Kingston boutique.
Shortly after they met, she interviewed Bolt for a feature in a Slovakian newspaper and they began dating in mid-November.
"They are very comfortable together and easy. They do quiet dinners in the country and trips to Montego Bay. They don't really do the red carpet thing," a friend said.
Fiercely private, the couple made sure they were not seen together at functions and spent most evenings at Bolt's gated home in a suburb of Kingston.
But when a picture of them kissing was published in the Jamaican Observer last month, they received a barrage of abuse.
The accompanying article included a controversial cartoon of a black woman with 'local' written on her T-shirt looking upset while Bolt runs into the arms of 'Slovakian fashion designer'.
"They make he mingle with white girls. She just divorce him and take aways his money," one reader responded.
"'I hope when he's ready to settle down he chooses a beautiful Jamaican black woman ... In the meantime have fun "responsibly", cause some "pretty girls" just a wait fi "lock u down" for the wrong reasons," another added.
Others called Bolt "the next Tiger Woods", referring to the mixed-race golfer and his 60-million-dollar divorce settlement with Swedish former model Elin Nordegren. (ANI)