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Usain Bolt

Full name: Usain St. Leo Bolt
Nickname(s): Lightning Bolt
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5 (196 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: August 21, 1986 in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica
Affiliations: Racers Track Club, Kingston (JAM)
Country: JAM Jamaica
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 9 Gold (9 Total)

Biography

Usain Bolt first came to international attention when he won the 200 metres at the 2002 World Junior Championships, adding the World Youth title at 200 metres in 2003. He competed at the 2004 Olympics in that event but failed to get out of the early rounds. In 2007 Bolt won a silver medal in the 200 at the World Championships, presaging his 2008 breakout year. On 31 May 2008 at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, Bolt broke the 100 metre world record by recording 9.72, setting him up as a favorite for the sprint event at the 2008 Olympics.

Together with [Michael Phelps], Usain Bolt was the star of the Beijing Games, in which he won three gold medals. His first victory came in the 100 metres, winning with ease in a world record time of 9.69, despite easing down in the final metres to celebrate. He added golds in the 200 metres, breaking Michael Johnson’s 1996 world record in the process, and the 4×100 metres relay, breaking another world record with his teammates.

Bolt, having become the icon of track & field athletics, repeated this performance at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, winning the same three events and recording world records in the 100 (9.58) and 200 metres (19.19). At the 2011 Worlds, he stumbled slightly when he false started in the 100 and was disqualified but he repeated as gold medalist in the 200 and the 4x100 relay. This led to his 2012 year, when Bolt became the first track athlete to win 3 Olympic gold medals at two consecutive Olympics, again winning both sprints and the sprint relay with the Jamaican team. Bolt then repeated this feat at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, giving him five major international championships (2 Olympics, 3 Worlds) at which he won the sprint treble, and established himself without peer and as the greatest sprinter of all-time.

Bolt continued to run and competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He again won the sprint triple, winning the 100 and 200, and anchoring Jamaica to sprint relay gold. This seemed to give him nine gold medals, equalling the marks of the redoubtable Finnish distance runner [Paavo Nurmi] and legendary [Carl Lewis]. However, shortly before Rio, Bolt's teammate on the 2008 relay, [Nesta Carter], was revealed to have a positive doping test at Beijing. In January 2017, Carter was sanctioned and disqualified, which also led Jamaica to lose that gold medal, bringing Bolt's total down to eight golds.

Personal Bests: 100 – 9.58 (2009); 200 – 19.19 (2009).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 17 Athina Athletics Men's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 5 h4 r1/4
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Men's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 1 Gold
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Men's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 1 Gold
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM AC
2012 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 1 Gold
2012 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 1 Gold
2012 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 1 Gold
2016 Summer 29 Rio de Janeiro Athletics Men's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 1 Gold
2016 Summer 29 Rio de Janeiro Athletics Men's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 1 Gold
2016 Summer 29 Rio de Janeiro Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 1 Gold

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Jamaica Final 1 WR 9.69 0.165
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 1 Q 9.85 0.161
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 Q 9.92 0.165
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat One 1 Q 10.20 0.186
2012 Summer 25 London Athletics Jamaica Final 1 9.63 0.165
2012 Summer 25 London Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 9.87 0.180
2012 Summer 25 London Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Four 1 Q 10.09 0.178
2016 Summer 29 Rio de Janeiro Athletics Jamaica Final 1 9.81 0.155
2016 Summer 29 Rio de Janeiro Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 9.86 0.143
2016 Summer 29 Rio de Janeiro Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Seven 1 Q 10.07 0.156

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
2004 Summer 17 Athina Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Four 5 21.05 0.254 5
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Jamaica Final 1 WR 19.30 0.182
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 20.09 0.175
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 Q 20.29 0.186
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Five 2 Q 20.64 0.177
2012 Summer 25 London Athletics Jamaica Final 1 19.32 0.180
2012 Summer 25 London Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 20.18 0.192
2012 Summer 25 London Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat One 1 Q 20.39 0.191
2016 Summer 29 Rio de Janeiro Athletics Jamaica Final 1 19.78 0.156
2016 Summer 29 Rio de Janeiro Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 19.78 0.156
2016 Summer 29 Rio de Janeiro Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Nine 1 Q 20.28 0.177

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
2008 Summer 21 Beijing Athletics Jamaica JAM Final AC
2012 Summer 25 London Athletics Jamaica JAM Final 1
2016 Summer 29 Rio de Janeiro Athletics Jamaica JAM Final 1
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