Usain Bolt is a Jamaican born former sprinter and possibly the most widely known athlete in the world. So seldom do we see people who are much bigger than the sport itself, and he holds testament to it. It’s unusual to meet someone who hasn’t heard of the famous athlete. This could be because of the coincidence his second name holds or it’s recurrence in the news used along with ‘gold medal.’ As we come to the end of the decade, we remember the athlete’s various strides and being crowned third in Associated Press Male athlete of the decade.
He made his big break in the 2008 Olympics with a sprint double, before setting his 100 meters and 200 meters world records which still stand today. But he truly did create history in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he achieved a ‘Triple-Triple,’ which is three gold medals in three consecutive Olympics. This also earned him the title of the world’s fastest man and the athlete of the decade.
In the Beijing Olympics, Bolt set the unbeatable world record by beating Michael Johnson’s previous record by 0.02 seconds in the 200-meter race.
The now-retired track runner has expressed his dream to play football professionally and play for his favorite team Manchester United if given the opportunity. He has also tried his hand in basketball but now declares his ‘sports life is over.’
On December 2019, Bolt ran the tracks of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics to officially open the athletic stadium with Japanese sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu and 2000 Olympic women’s marathon gold medallist Mizuki Noguchi. “I was happy and excited because I won’t be getting to compete at the Olympics so the fact that I got to run on the track was an experience in itself,” Says the former sprinter.