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Lightning Bolt

Usain BOLT

Jamaica
Athletics
I stopped worrying about the start. The end is what’s important.”
Height
196 cm / 6'5''
Weight
95 kg / 209 pounds
Birth date
21 Aug 1986 Sherwood Content, Jamaica
Gender
Male

Number of medals

8 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

4 Olympic Games

Usain BOLT biography

Usain Bolt has been, quite simply, the face of the last three Olympic Games. To win the event’s blue riband event, the 100m, just once, guarantees Olympic immortality. To do it three times at consecutive Games, and add the 200m and 4x100m relay titles to the mix, gives him a good case to be considered the greatest athlete of all time. Still only 33, he is a living legend. Add real charm and humour to the mix, and Bolt has been the superstar that the Games needed over the last decade and a bit.

Bolt was born on 21 August 1986 in Sherwood Content, Jamaica. He grew up as a sports-obsessed kid, excelling in football and cricket. At high school, his cricket coach encouraged him to try athletics seriously. It was a good decision, By the age of 16, in 2002, he was world junior champion.

By 2007, he was the fastest man in history, setting his first 100m world record, and a year later, at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, he rose to international superstardom. In China, Bolt triumphed in the men’s 100m sprint, and then added the 200m and 4x100m title to secure a legendary triple. He broke the world record in all three events.

Further magic was to follow. At London 2012 he bagged the 100m again (beating his own Olympic record), added the 200m title, and then teamed up with the other Jamaican sprinters to take the 4x100m. A ‘double triple’ had been secured. That became the ‘triple triple’ at Rio 2016. Despite entering the Games not quite looking his best, Bolt once again secured all three titles – 100m, 200m and 4x100m – to make history once more.

Bolt had to return his 4x100m medal for Beijing 2008 after his teammate Nestor Carter was retroactively banned for a doping violation, but his personal record remains impeccable – and his sprinting record haul surely unbeatable.

Since his retirement in 2018, Bolt has remained extremely popular and high profile. He attempted to become a professional footballer – training with sides like Borussia Dortmund and Central Coast Mariners, as well as playing at Soccer Aid – and has got several business interests, including a new range of electric scooters.

Always a hit at personal appearances – he cropped up at the 2019 Super Bowl, where he equalled the fastest ever 40-yard dash – it seems like there will be a lot more to come from Bolt. The main challenge for the Olympic Games over the next decade? Finding another superstar of his stature.

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