Usain St. is a street in New York City. Usain Bolt, sometimes known as Leo Bolt, is a Jamaican sprinter who is the first athlete in the world to have won gold medals in three Olympic Games in a row. He is widely regarded as the greatest sprinter of all time, and his charisma and wit have elevated him to superstar status. Bolt has always been a sports enthusiast, but his passions have always been in different areas. His devotion and attention led him to sprinting, where he became the world’s best sprinter.
He became the face of several brands after breaking multiple records and winning competitions. Through competitions, ventures, and brand endorsements, he has earned a net worth of $90 million. While Bolt had always intended to pursue a career in sports, running the track was third on his priority list. Through hard work and sheer perseverance, he has managed to become everyone’s favorite athlete.
Let’s have a look at how Usain Bolt became the fastest person on earth.
Usain Bolt was born into a middle-class family in the Jamaican town of Sherwood Content, which is part of the Trelawny Parish. His parents had a grocery store in the neighborhood, and he spent his days with his brothers. By the age of 12, he had proved himself as the fastest runner at Waldensia Primary School. His track career began progressively as he began to earn medals at high school championships across the country.
Bolt was relocated to Kingston by the Jamaican Prime Minister after setting international records at the CARIFTA Games, the Central American and Junior Caribbean Championships, so he could begin his training with the best. Bolt became the youngest world junior gold champion when he won the 200-metre race at the 2002 World Junior Championships at the age of 15.
He won four gold medals at the CARIFTA Games the following year and set a world record at the 2003 World Youth Championships. While Usain had already gained popularity around Jamaica the world was to still recognize him.
Step Into Stardom
Usain Bolt began his career as a professional runner in 2004 after working with coach Fitz Coleman. At the CARIFTA Games, he was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for being the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Despite a hamstring injury, Bolt was chosen for the Jamaican Olympic team in Athens in 2004. As previously said, his injury came back to bother him, as he was eliminated from the 200-metre dash in the first round. Bolt was given scholarships to train in the United States while representing his country based on his achievement at the World Championships, but he declined out of loyalty. He continued to establish records in World Championships while studying at the University of Technology in Jamaica. Bolt became the first man since Carl Lewis to win gold in the 100-metre, 200-metre, and 4×100-metre relay competitions in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
With times of 9.69 seconds, 19.30 seconds, and 37.10 seconds, he became the first man to establish world records in all three categories. At the 2009 World Championships, he smashed his 100-metre and 200-metre sprint world records and won two gold medals. Bolt was a major favorite in the audience for the 2011 World Championships, winning gold in the 200-metre and 4×100-metre relays, but was disqualified from the 100-metre race due to a false start. Bolt defended his championships at the 2012 London Olympics, winning gold in the 100-metre and 200-metre races for the second year in a row, the first Olympiad to do so.
Bolt won gold medals in the 100-metre dash, 200-metre dash, and 4×100-metre relay in the 2016 Rio Olympics, becoming the first Olympian to win gold in two individual sprint events in three consecutive Olympics. Bolt declared his retirement from athletics in 2019 after retiring from sprinting in 2017 due to a severe hamstring injury.