2008, 2012 and 2016- three Olympics and 9 Gold medals, that defines the caliber of the fastest human of the world, the Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt.
Bolt’s electrical sprint has stormed the courts from Beijing to Rio, but his intention to retire after 2017 World Championships means that the legend may not be seen in the next Olympics in 2020. The 30 year old started it all from the Beijing Olympics some eight years ago, and since then he has just been unstoppable.
- 29 medals in his career, 24 Gold, 5 Silver medals
- 9 Olympic medals, all Gold (100 mtr, 200 mtr, 4×100 mtr relay)
- 13 World Championship medals, 11 Golds and 2 Silvers
Beijing, 2008: It was his first Olympics event. Bolt was already a Silver medal winner of the 200 mtr event in the previous year in the World Championships but it was his first step in the biggest stage of all, the Olympics.
In the Olympic 100 m final, Bolt broke new ground, winning in 9.69 sec (unofficially 9.683 sec) with a reaction time of 0.165 sec. He also won the 200 m event in a record time of 19.30 sec and was the first sprinter to break both records at the same Olympics. Two days later, Bolt ran as the third leg in the Jamaican 4×100 mtrs relay team, increasing his gold medal total to three. Along with teammates Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, and Asafa Powell, Bolt broke another world and Olympic record, their 37.10 sec finish breaking the previous record by three-tenths of a second.
London, 2012: The sprinter won the 100 mtr event in 9.63 seconds, improving his own record. He defended his own title and was first to do so since Carl Lewis did in 1988.
Bolt won the 200 mtr event with ease as well and so the relay event, taking his Olympic medal tally to 6.
“I’m now a legend. I’m also the greatest athlete to live,” Bolt was quoted to say this after winning all in London and the world hailed the lightning superhuman and hailed his achievements.
Rio de Janeiro, 2016: This Olympics was his chance to make it a triple treble and being his last one, it was an emotional one too. He himself said that he wants to be the best and regarded as one of the greatest ever sportsperson.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Bolt won the 100 metres gold medal with a time of 9.81 seconds. With this win, Bolt became the first athlete to win the event three times at the Olympic Games. Bolt followed up his 100 mtr win with a gold medal in the 200 mtr, which also makes him the first athlete to win the 200 mtr three times at the Olympic Games. Bolt ran the anchor leg for the finals of the 4 x 100 mtrs relay and secured his third consecutive and last Olympic gold medal in the event. With that win, Bolt obtained the “triple-treble”, three sprinting gold medals in three consecutive Olympics, and finished his Olympic career with a 100% win record in finals.
- Bolt’s personal best of 9.58 seconds in the 100 metres is the fastest ever run, while he also holds the record of second fastest run in 9.63 seconds.
- Bolt’s personal best in 200 metres in 19.19 seconds is also another World Record, which he achieved in 2009 Berlin World Championships.
- Bolt’s average speed is 38.18 km/hr
He has been a legend in his game, his lightning speed and his achievements will be remembered by the world forever. Usain is regarded as a National Hero in Jamaica and many budding sprinters have idolized him. He may retire from the track after 2017, but his amazing feat may well remain untouched forever, or maybe until another superhuman takes care of the court.
Photo by Nick J Webb