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USAIN BOLT – THE FASTEST RUNNER IN THE WORLD

24 Aug
Born: August 21, 1986
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Residence: Kingston, Jamaica
Ht: / Wt: 6’4″ / 198 lbs
Olympics: 2004
Event(s): 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay

Can’t stop the Usain-ity
Usain Bolt has taken Beijing by storm at the 2008 Olympics. Bolt electrified 90,000 fans at the Bird’s Nest, striking not once but thrice with world records. First, he blew away the field in the 100m on Aug. 16, lowering his own world record to 9.69 seconds despite looking around, raising his arms out and then pounding his chest over the last few meters. Then he become the first man since Carl Lewis to sweep in the 100m and 200m at the Olympics, and he broke Michael Johnson’s 12-year-old record in the process. Bolt dominated the field to clock 19.30, bettering Johnson’s mark by .02. Finally, Bolt ran the third leg of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay, handing off to Asafa Powell, who brought it home for an easy gold.

World’s Fastest Man

Bolt already owned the world record in the 100m coming into Beijing, despite little experience at that distance. On May 31, Bolt ran his way into history when he shattered the world record, running 9.72 seconds to win the event at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York. Bolt’s time, which was run with a 1.7 meters-per-second tailwind, lowered the mark of 9.74 set in September by fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell. Making the record even more remarkable is the fact that it came in only his fourth race at the distance in major international competition.

Athens experience
As an 18-year-old at the Athens Olympics in 2004, Bolt, still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury suffered that spring, was eliminated in the first round of heats in the 200m.

Speed to burn
Known more for his prowess in the 200m, Bolt proved that he also was an Olympic medal threat in the shorter sprint on May 3, when he won the 100m at the Jamaica International Invitational in a blistering 9.76 seconds. The time was just .02 off the world record set in September by Jamaica’s Asafa Powell.

Global impact
Although he dominated the World Junior scene, the senior circuit had been a different story. In 2003, Bolt was left off Jamaica’s roster for the World Championships in Paris because officials felt that at age 17, he was not ready to compete on that level. At the 2005 Worlds in Helsinki, Bolt qualified for the 200m final but finished last in 26.27 seconds, almost six seconds out of seventh place. But Bolt made the most of his 2007 opportunity in Osaka, Japan, winning 200m silver in 19.91. Tyson Gay took gold in 19.85.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes during the men's 200m at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.

Seriously fast
A series of injuries that threatened to derail his career, reports of hard partying and lack of interest in training had caused many to write Bolt off as another over paid, spoiled athlete. But on June 24, 2007, Bolt crossed the finish line of the 200m in 19.75 seconds, breaking the Jamaican record set by Olympic legend Donald Quarrie in Cali, Colombia in August 1971, 15 years before Bolt was even born. “Over the years, I have learned a lot and it forces you to grow up quickly,” Bolt said in an IAAF interview. “I am hungry for a title under my belt and if you want to be a champion you have to be serious, buckle down and do the work required.”

Comeback season
During 2006, Bolt ran a total of seven times under 20.30 seconds, including a second-place 19.96 at the Athens World Cup and a 19.96 third-place finish at the World Athletics Final. But most significantly, for the first time since his appearance on the international circuit, Bolt remained injury-free throughout the whole summer.

Flash of the future
Bolt found himself in the thick of a great 200m race in Lausanne in 2005, the fastest since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. He clocked a World Junior record 19.88, a time that under any other circumstance might have won the race. But it was only good for bronze as Xavier Carter won in 19.63 and Gay finished second in 19.70 with Wallace Spearmon a close fourth in 19.90.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica hopes to contend for an Olympic medal in the men's 200m in Beijing.

First with a burst
On April 11, 2004, Bolt sped to a superb 19.93 World Junior record making him the first, and to-date the only teenager to break the 20-second barrier. Knee and back injuries that year rendered him unable to defend his World Junior title in Grosseto.

Home cooking
Bolt’s road to success began when his country hosted the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships. Rarely had a junior track and field competition produced the incredible scenes witnessed on July 19, when the tall 15-year-old won the 200m final in 20.65 seconds before a sellout crowd of 36,000 in Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston. At 15 years and 332 days, Bolt became the youngest-ever male World Junior champion. Bolt holds the world age group records for 15- and 16-year-olds, and the World Youth and World Junior records.

Lightning strikes
Bolt, who signed his first professional contract at age 17, just out of William Knibb Memorial High School, is nicknamed “Lightning Bolt.” Bolt has been running since age 10, when he was in primary school, and was a fast cricket bowler when he was younger, but no longer plays the sport.

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36 responses to “USAIN BOLT – THE FASTEST RUNNER IN THE WORLD

  1. Thomas

    August 24, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    nice post…he’s the best runner in the world…he’s proved it…hope he does not end up in some drug scandal…

     
    • destiney

      January 7, 2010 at 1:12 am

      hey i think he is a pretty fast runner well thats my opinion and if you ask me then he is really fast

       
  2. michaela

    August 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    hi Usain Bolt i fink you are realy good at running you are very luky.
    i am 11 good gob Michaela.

     
  3. charles

    March 25, 2009 at 4:25 am

    hi bolt how does it feel to be the fasted runner in the world i am 9

     
    • dianna mkane

      August 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      it so good to see a black is the fasted runner in world

       
  4. SHI-SHI

    May 8, 2009 at 1:57 am

    HEY I LIKE THIS ITS GREAT INFLUENCE ON THE KIDS.

     
  5. irvin garcia

    June 20, 2009 at 6:27 am

    your fucken wack and i’m faster than you bitch.

     
    • caylatyson

      August 1, 2012 at 6:02 am

      fuck you dog dont say that to bolt irvin garcia he will drag you off i will come over there and kill you

       
  6. super kid

    July 19, 2009 at 3:57 am

    USAIN IS DA FASTEST RUNNER CURRENTLY BUT IM ONLY 14 AND I FINISHED 100m IN 10.15 secs AND A 200m in 21.37 secs IM STILL TRAINING 2 BE AN ATHLETE SO WATCH OUT USAIN BOLT THOSE RECORDS ARE GONNA GET SMASHED

     
    • ethiopia

      August 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm

      I know you can some day little one, but in the mean time follow the Ire parade. It is not unlikely that we Jamaicans are trendsetters and originality and tings. We Jamaicans have a large ego, mind you somewhat inflated but neither-the-less it calls others to either jelousy or love. ANYWAY my ego as I told y could make me go on and on.See Yuh little one and remember to have competition with fun, and make your own trend not fueled by USAIN LIGHTING BOLT.

       
  7. patrick

    August 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    just keep it up man yo hot

     
  8. Elaine doyle

    August 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    give me a hit back, i know u r busy being the world fastest man but when u have time call me so we can talk. 18185733012

     
    • Elaine doyle

      August 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm

      ercy

       
  9. Nishant

    November 4, 2009 at 11:10 am

    hi bolt how does it feel to be the fasted runner in the world i am daily practicer of running, but couldn’t get speed like you.

     
  10. Grace mcleod

    November 5, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    i bet it is really cool to be the fastest man on earth. i bet u are such a nice man. all i really have to say is WE LOVE YOU.

     
  11. patra

    February 19, 2010 at 12:00 am

    am jamaican too and i am 12 and am one of your fanns

     
  12. lolo&coco

    May 12, 2010 at 2:06 am

    i think your pretty hot and that you are the fastes runner i have seen in my whole life.

     
  13. tina

    June 19, 2010 at 2:23 am

    hey usain what,s up i’m a jamaican too from kingston i was watchinig you race when i was in jamaica. You run so fast that when i say you win the olympic i had to go hit up two pat cover together.bless.

     
  14. recee

    June 19, 2010 at 2:26 am

    you are the fastest runner i have ever seen in my life. you let jamaica prode.

     
  15. nithu

    August 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

    hey u really did a gr8 job n happy b’day

     
  16. eliza

    October 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    hey usain
    how does it feel to be worlds fastest runner and what were your strenghths when you first started running
    im 11

     
  17. chakra bogati

    November 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    i am the fan of usan bolt its good 2 run in life

     
  18. chakra bogati

    November 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    hey usan

    how u maku u faster like a tiger i also like u

     
  19. mANJU

    November 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    you cant beat a man from INDIA

    ..

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    HE”S non other than
    RAGNIKANT

     
  20. Odewale Hammed

    March 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hey,i’m a Nigerian.you got a pretty leg.a tip…..usain don’t try running against a cheetah.

     
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  22. Satish Phadnis

    November 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Usain Bolt,

    Congrats ! u r the fastest runner in the world, u have alredy proved it.

    Satish Phadnis

     
  23. jade

    June 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    i love you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

     
  24. angel

    June 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    hi bolt i am angel i am a 11 . i am always nomer 1 a running and belaw and he is always nomer 1 out off the boys and he is a boy and i am the nomber 1 out off the girls belaw is a 11 but i am ollder than him see u soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx from angelxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

     
  25. Dhoni

    June 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    come and join “Indian Cricket Team”

     
  26. Angela Balous

    August 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    He’s the best I can’t wait to see him on 08/03/2012

     
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    September 25, 2012 at 4:01 am

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