Usain Bolt

the worlds fastest man

Usain Bolt reacts after winning the men's 200m final at the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships
Athletics

Country

Jamaica

“I know what I can do, so I never doubt myself.”

Birth Date

21 AUGUST 1986

Personal Bests

100 Metres: 9.58
200 Metres: 19.19
4×100 Meters Relay: 36.84

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is a sporting legend. He is often referred to as “the worlds fastest man.” Bolt holds the world records in both the 100m and 200m events as well as the 4x100m relay time with team Jamaica.

career Medal Tally

Event1st2nd3rd
Olympic Games800
World Championships1121
World Relays010
CAC Championships100
Commonwealth Games100
Total2131

Career Highlights

Usain Bolt wins 2 silver medals at the World Championships in Osaka. He ran a time of 19.91 in the 200m and 37.89 in the 4x100m relay to claim his first-ever medals at the worlds.

Bolt wins double silver at the world championships

Usain Bolt races against Tyson Gaye in Osaka
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August 2007 – World Championships, Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan

Usain Bolt wins 2 silver medals at the World Championships in Osaka. He ran a time of 19.91 in the 200m and 37.89 in the 4x100m relay to claim his first-ever medals at the worlds.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Usain Bolt set the athletics world alight when he set 2 world records in the 100m (time of 9.69 seconds) and the 200m (in 19.30 seconds). Forever remembered by his famous celebration before he had even crossed the finish line. Bolt actually claimed 3 gold medals at the Games this year only to have his 4x100m relay gold taken away after teammate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping 8 years later.

Bolt Stuns the world with 2 world records!

Usain Bolt celebrates his victory in the 100m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
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August 2008 – Olympic Games, National Stadium, Beijing, China

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Usain Bolt set the athletics world alight when he set 2 world records in the 100m (time of 9.69 seconds) and the 200m (in 19.30 seconds). Forever remembered by his famous celebration before he had even crossed the finish line. Bolt actually claimed 3 gold medals at the Games this year only to have his 4x100m relay gold taken away after teammate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping 8 years later.

The following year the lightning bolt strikes again, claiming a treble of golds and another 2 world records in the 100 metres (9.58 seconds) and 200 metres (19.19 seconds). He won his third gold of the competition with the Jamaican 4x100m relay team.

Raining gold in berlin

Usain Bolt celebrates gold medal win at the 2008 World Championships
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August 2009 – World Championships, Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany

The following year the lightning bolt strikes again, claiming a treble of golds and another 2 world records in the 100 metres (9.58 seconds) and 200 metres (19.19 seconds). He won his third gold of the competition with the Jamaican 4x100m relay team.

Disaster struck for Bolt as he was disqualified from the 100m final for a false start. His teammate and countryman Yohan Blake went on to claim the gold medal. It wasn’t all doom and gloom as Bolt made no mistakes in the 200m, winning the gold in a time of 19.40 seconds and winning the gold with team Jamaica in 4x100m relay in a time of 37.04 seconds.

Heartbreak in daegu

Usain Bolt gets disqualified from the 100m after a false start
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September 2011 – World Championships, DS, Daegu, South Korea

Disaster struck for Bolt as he was disqualified from the 100m final for a false start. His teammate and countryman Yohan Blake went on to claim the gold medal. It wasn’t all doom and gloom as Bolt made no mistakes in the 200m, winning the gold in a time of 19.40 seconds and winning the gold with team Jamaica in 4x100m relay in a time of 37.04 seconds.

Usain Bolt stole the show in London yet again with another golden treble at the Olympic Stadium. It was after these Games that he declared himself a legend, becoming the first man to complete the sprint double at two Olympics. Team Jamaica set a new world record in 4×100 metres relay (36.84 seconds) and Bolt finished with times of 9.63 seconds and 19.32 seconds in the 100m and 200m.

“I am now a living legend. Bask in my glory”

Usain Bolt doing his lightning pose at the 2012 London Olympics
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August 2012 – Olympic Games, Olympic Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Usain Bolt stole the show in London yet again with another golden treble at the Olympic Stadium. It was after these Games that he declared himself a legend, becoming the first man to complete the sprint double at two Olympics. Team Jamaica set a new world record in 4×100 metres relay (36.84 seconds) and Bolt finished with times of 9.63 seconds and 19.32 seconds in the 100m and 200m.

Bolt continued his dominance at the World Championships with another 3 gold medals, making amends for his 100m false start disqualification in Daegu in 2011. He won gold in the 100m (9.77) the 200m (19.66) and the 4x100m (37.36).

No mistakes this time as bolt makes amends

Usain Bolt during 2013 World Championships in Moscow
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August 2013 – World Championships, Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia

Bolt continued his dominance at the World Championships with another 3 gold medals, making amends for his 100m false start disqualification in Daegu in 2011. He won gold in the 100m (9.77) the 200m (19.66) and the 4x100m (37.36).

Another World Championships, another display of dominance in the sprints. Bolt adds 3 more gold medals to his already impressive catalogue. 100 Metres (9.79) 200 Metres (19.55) 4×100 Metres Relay (37.36).

Bolt returns to Beijing in style

Usain Bolt reacts after winning the men's 200m final at the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships
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August 2015 – World Championships, National Stadium, Beijing, China

Another World Championships, another display of dominance in the sprints. Bolt adds 3 more gold medals to his already impressive catalogue. 100 Metres (9.79) 200 Metres (19.55) 4×100 Metres Relay (37.36).

Bolt had already claimed legendary status back in 2012 but if anyone doubted that he was the greatest sprinter of all time they’d have no argument after he completed a triple sprint double! 3 Olympic Games, 6 gold medals in the 100m (9.81) and 200m (19.78). Not forgetting another 4x100m gold (37.27). This feat put him amongst the top athletes of all-time in any sport.

The best there ever was. The best there ever will be

Usain Bolt celebrating his 100m final win at the Olympic Games in Rio
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August 2016 – Olympic Games, Estádio Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bolt had already claimed legendary status back in 2012 but if anyone doubted that he was the greatest sprinter of all time they’d have no argument after he completed a triple sprint double! 3 Olympic Games, 6 gold medals in the 100m (9.81) and 200m (19.78). Not forgetting another 4x100m gold (37.27). This feat put him amongst the top athletes of all-time in any sport.

Bolts final appearance on the track before his retirement was painful for most to watch. Justin Gatlin forgot to read the script, taking home the gold medal, whilst Bolt finished in third place (9.95 seconds) after a slow start out of the blocks picking up his first-ever bronze in the championships. Heartache quickly followed as he literally crashed out of the 4x100m final, tumbling to the ground with a hamstring injury. Heroically Bolt refused aid, and dragged himself across the finish line one last time to a standing ovation from the crowd.

Bolt says goodbye

Usain Bolt says goodbye at the London 2017 World Championships
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August 2017 – World Championships, Olympic Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Bolts final appearance on the track before his retirement was painful for most to watch. Justin Gatlin forgot to read the script, taking home the gold medal, whilst Bolt finished in third place (9.95 seconds) after a slow start out of the blocks picking up his first-ever bronze in the championships. Heartache quickly followed as he literally crashed out of the 4x100m final, tumbling to the ground with a hamstring injury. Heroically Bolt refused aid, and dragged himself across the finish line one last time to a standing ovation from the crowd.

Stats and Facts

Net Worth

  • As of 2020, (according to CelebrityNetWorth) Usain Bolts net worth is estimated to be $90 million.
  • Bolt has had sponsorship and advertising deals with Puma, Gatorade and Virgin media.
  • In 2018 he co-founded “Bolt” an electric scooter company in his namesake.

Athletics/Track & field

  • Bolt is the only man to ever win the sprint double, 100- and 200m at more than one Olympics. Bolt has done it at three.
  • He was the first man ever to set 3 world records at an Olympics.
  • Bolt holds the world record for the 100m in a time of 9.58 seconds.
  • Bolt has competed in 4 Olympic Games, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016.
  • Usain Bolt has a 40-yard dash time of 4.22 seconds. This time tied the record for the fastest NFL Combine 40-yard dash. If that isn’t impressive enough, he wasn’t even wearing spikes!

Soccer

  • In 2018 Bolt started training with Norwegian soccer side Strømsgodset.
  • He wore the number 9.58 (his 100m WR time) for Strømsgodset in a friendly game.
  • He wore the number again in the same year for Soccer Aid where he captained the Worlds team. He wasn’t’ able to make his dream of playing for Manchester United a reality but he was able to play at their ground as the event was held at Old Trafford.
  • At the age of 32, he trained with and played friendly games for Australian side Central Coast Mariners.
  • Bolt was offered two professional contracts, one from the Mariners and another from Maltese club Valletta FC. He ended up turning down both contracts and after only 8-weeks with the Mariners stating his “sports life is over.”