Usain Bolt was born as Usain St. Le Bolt on August 21, 1986, in a small Jamaican town Trelawny. The prominent sprinter considered as the fastest man on earth is one of the most successful athletes in the history of athletics. Nicknamed as “Lightning Bolt”, Usain Bolt is a six time Olympic champion. As Usain Bolt turns 28 today we list some interesting things about this 6 ft. 5 inch athlete.
1) At the age of 15, in 2001 Usain Bolt won the 200m silver medal in the Jamaican high school championships.
2) In 32nd CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Games 2003 Usain won four gold medals.
3) In 2004 Olympic Games in Athens due to leg injury Usain Bolt was eliminated in the first round of the 200m event.
4) In the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Bolt qualified for the final, but finished last with a time of 26.27 seconds after suffering an injury.
5) In the 2007 World Championships in Japan, Usain Bolt recorded 19.91 seconds few seconds shy of Tyson Gay’s 19.76 seconds and had to settle with silver medal in the 200m.
6) In 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing he won three gold medals and broke equal number of world records. He won the 100m and 200m in a record time of 9.69 seconds and 19.30 seconds respectively. Besides winning gold in the 4x 100m relay along with his Jamaican teammates.
7) At the 2009 World Championships, Bolt bettered his 100m world-record, winning the event in a time of 9.58 seconds to win his first world championship gold medal. He also won the 200m in a new world-record time of 19.19 seconds, beating his own record by 0.11 seconds.
8) In the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Bolt won the 100m with an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds, also won gold in the 200m and the 4x100m relay.
9) In 2014 Commonwealth Games Bolt along with his teammates won the 4×100 relay in 37.58 seconds to set the games record.
10) Bolt has been awarded Laureus World Sportsman of the Year three times (2009, 2010 and 2013).
Some bonus ones:
Bolt before becoming a sprinter played cricket and was a fast bowler. His cricket coach suggested him to consider the track field as a career. Bolt also is fond of football and wants to play for Manchester United. Bolt owns a gaming based mobile app which is apparently named after him and not only this he owns a restaurant too called Tracks & Record. Officially, the “Lightning Bolt” can run at a speed of about 23.7 mph.