“For me, I’m focused on what I want to do. I know what I need to do to be a champion, so I’m working on it.” – Usain St. Leo Bolt.
Usain Bolt or some might know him as the world’s fastest sprinter, is the first man to hold both the 100 metre and 200 metre world records. He is known for his dynamic personality and complete dominance on the track. Bolt always has something for both the media and the record keepers. Let’s take a look at his entire life in short.
1. Usain Bolt’s childhood.
He was born on 21st August, 1986 in Sherwood Content, not that famous town in Trelawny, Jamaica. He grew up in that small town and was one of the three children of his parents. His parent’s main source of income was their grocery shop. For his primary education, he was enrolled at Waldensia Primary and right from the start, he won 10 metre running contests.
2. Bolt’s early days.
His potential in sprinting was recognized at a young age of 12. He was primary school’s fastest runner over the 100 metres distance. And during high school time, Bolt was quite interested in other sports. It all started when his cricket coach noticed his speed on the pitch and urged him to go for track and field events. It was on another level when his speed was noticed by Pablo McNeil, a former Olympic sprint athlete, who encouraged him to focus his energy on improving his athletic abilities.
3. Personal life.
Bolt is yet to find his life partner. He grew up with his parents Wellesley Bolt and Jennifer Bolt and siblings Sherine and Sadiki Bolt. He is also popular for his noble humanitarian work. The world realized the same when he made a donation of US $50,000 to the 2008 Siachen earthquake’s victims.
4. Career highlights.
Bolt set a new world record covering 100 m in 9.72 s on 31st May, 2008 at the Reebok Grand Prix in NYC. After grabbing the three gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing, he became the first man in Olympics history to win both the 100 m and 200 m races and that too in record times.
5. London Olympics, 2012.
Bolt shocked everybody after he set a new Olympic record during the London Olympics, 2012 as he retained his 100m Gold medal on the 5 August of that year with an outstanding performance. It was his fourth Olympic gold medal at that time.
6. Rio Olympics, 2016.
Bolt continued his success run by winning the men’s 100m in Rio Olympics, 2016 for the third time and which made him the first athlete to win three successive titles in the event. He also won the men’s 200m after racing past the finish line in 19.78 seconds at Rio.
And sadly, Usain Bolt announced his plans to retire after the 2016 Olympics.