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Who is Usain Bolt?

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Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, has electrified the track with his blazing times and charismatic style. 

Track Beginnings 

Born August 21, 1986 in Trelawny, Jamaica. He started running competitively at the age of 10, and, five years later, became the youngest world junior champion ever. He turned professional at the age of 17.

Major Competitions/Medals 

Bolt has excelled on the world’s biggest stages. He swept his three events (100m, 200m and 4x100m) at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, as well as at the 2009, 2013 and 2015 World Championships.

His lone blemish? A disqualification after a false start in the 100m at the 2011 World Championships. 

Breakout Moment

2008 Beijing Olympics. Not only did he won three sprinting gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m), but he also set a world record in each of the three races. 

Records Held 

100m: 9.58 seconds

200m: 19.19 seconds

4x100m: 36.84 seconds


Bolt is known for his “To Di World” celebration pose. He calls the 200m his “favorite event.”

Top Quotes 

“He has made people stop and rethink what humans are capable of doing.” –Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic gold medalist, to TIME

Olympic Experience

2004: No medals

2008: Three gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m)

2012: Three gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m)

Outside the Track

Bolt knows how to have a good time. He is a regular at Oktoberfest, where he wears lederhosen and sings his favorite rock songs (VIDEO).

He is an avid fan of Manchester United. He has said that it would be his “dream” to play for the soccer club after he retired from sprinting. 

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