Thursday, June 1, 2023

Usain Bolt


Usain Bolt is undoubtedly the greatest sprinter in the history of mankind. A living legend, he has won nine gold medals in track and field events in Olympics; a feat which no other person has achieved before. He has achieved the “triple-triple” and is the first man to win gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games in 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events. He won these events at 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics.


Usain was born to Jennifer and Wellesley Bolt on 21st August 1986 in Jamaica. He was one of the three children born to the couple. His parents managed to make ends meet by managing a shop where mostly grocery was sold. The young boy was enrolled at an institution named ‘Waldensia Primary’ for his primary education. He was known for being a good-sprinter during his time there and even won many ‘10 metre’ running contests. Bolt later moved to the ‘William Knibb Memorial High School’, where he started playing sports such as Cricket. While mentoring the kids who were interested in the sport, the coach felt that Usain would be a better athlete than a cricketer. He even encouraged the latter to try running. The young lad soon participated in the 200 metres racing event in school which he finished in a matter of just 22.04 seconds.

Usain Bolt has participated in four Olympics Games and has won 9 gold medals. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, he was hampered by a leg injury and was eliminated in the first round of the 200 metres. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he won gold medals in 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, with the timings of 9.69 seconds, 19.30 seconds and 37.10 seconds respectively. At the 2012 London Olympics, he repeated this feat once again. He won 100m in 9.63 seconds, 200m in 19.32 seconds and 4x100m relay in 36.84 seconds. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, he once again won the gold medals in all the three events and achieved the “triple-triple”. He won 100m in 9.81 seconds, 200m in 19.78 seconds and 4x100m relay in 37.27 seconds.


Even though he ended his career, he is still the fastest man alive.

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