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Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt
Country Jamaica
Sport Track and Field
Best Events 100 m; 200 m; 4 x 100 m relay
Olympics Attended 2008; 2012
Olympic Medals Won
Gold medal icon Gold Silver medal icon Silver Bronze medal icon Bronze
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Personal Information
Nickname Lightning Bolt
Birthdate 21 August 1986
Birthplace Trelawny, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 5 in
Weight 200 lb
Hometown Kingston, Jamaica
Usain St. Leo Bolt is a sprinter born on August 21, 1986 in Trelawny, Jamaica. His first worldwide competition was at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, where he failed to qualify in the 200 m event. He first became famous at the the World Youth Championships in 2002 because he won a gold medal. He then did a lot of other competitions around the world though fail to make an immediate impact on senior athletics, experiencing three big failures in a row - during the 2003 World Championships in Paris, Bolt was down to run the 200m, but developed pink eye during his stay and could not run; at his first Olympic Games in 2004, Athens, he was eliminated in his first heat, clocking 21.05 at 5th, with a hamstring injury; and at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki he made the final but finished last, pulling up with injury in the home straight. However, at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka he claimed two silver medals, one in the 200m (clocking 19.91 behind Tyson Gay's 19.75) and setting a national record in the 4x100m (37.89, also losing to the USA). It was in 2008 that he participated in his second Olympic Games in Beijing, China and where he made his ultimate breakthrough. He set new world records for every event he participated in - 9.69 in the 100m; 19.30 in the 200m; 37.10 in the 4x100m.

The following year he repeated his success by claiming another three gold medals at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, setting two more world records - 9.58 in  the 100m and 19.19 in the 200m. However, despite his large success in 2008 and 2009, many felt his attention was starting to drift, and with no major competition in 2010, Bolt struggled to find motivation - he lost to Tyson Gay badly in the Stockholm DN Galan in August, and ended his season early due to an injury. Returning in 2011, Bolt still seemed to be struggling to find his former self. He remained unbeaten throughout the scene, but his times were far from impressive. At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Bolt false started in the 100m and was disqualified, paving the way for his training partner Yohan Blake to take the gold. However, Bolt didn't let the loss get to him. He dulely won the 200m the following week in 19.40, and set a new world record in the 4x100m at 37.04. Come 2012, Bolt had seemed to return to his true self again, clocking 9.82, 9.76 and 9.79 at the beginning of the season - the three fastest times of the year. However, as he would later self admit in his biography, he got cocky and decided to relax, knowing that he was in great shape for London. Yet that relaxation period showed him up at the Olympic Trials, where he was beaten badly by Yohan Blake in both the 100m and the 200m. Many wrote off Bolt, therefore, to retain his Olympic titles. Yet Bolt defied the critics, clocking a new olympic record of 9.63 in the 100m, and then going on to collect the 200m gold in 19.32. He then, with the help of his Jamaican teammates, became part of the first relay team to run sub-37, claiming the gold in 36.84: Bolt had completed the double-triple, and had left an important message with it - never doubt him. The following year again questioned Bolt's motivation - he'd done everything, and it seemed that with nothing left to do he would find it hard to focus. This certainly showed up in the early part of the season, when he worked hard to clock 10.09 (his slowest 100m ever), and when he got beaten by Justin Gatlin at the Rome Golden Gala. Yet he still won three more golds at Moscow - 9.77 in the 100m; 19.66 in the 200m; and 37.36 in the 4x100m.

Major results

Summer Olympics

  • 2004 200 m - 5th (R1, H5)
  • 2008 100 m - 1st
  • 2008 200 m - 1st
  • 2008 4 x 100 m relay - 1st
  • 2012 100 m - 1st
  • 2012 200 m - 1st
  • 2012 4 x 100 m relay - 1st

World Championships

  • 2003 200 m - DNS
  • 2005 200 m - 8th
  • 2007 200 m - 2nd
  • 2007 4 x 100 m relay - 2nd
  • 2009 100 m - 1st
  • 2009 200 m - 1st
  • 2009 4 x 100 m relay - 1st
  • 2011 100 m - Disqualified
  • 2011 200 m - 1st
  • 2011 4 x 100 m relay - 1st
  • 2013 100 m - 1st
  • 2013 200 m - 1st
  • 2013 4 x 100 m relay - 1st

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