Usain Bolt Biography

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As soon as the starting pistol fired, the eight competitors in the 100m final took off. A mere 9.58 seconds later, a roar was heard piercing through the stadium. Everyone watched in awe as Usain Bolt crossed the finish line, shattering the world record. The fans cheering him on, Bolt did his famous lightning bolt pose and proudly waved the Jamaican flag. Usain Bolt’s journey to becoming the fastest man in the world required a lot of hard work and dreams. At a young age, he took advantage of the little opportunities he had, and made a name for himself. Soon after, his unique personality was an inspiration to many people around the world. Climbing from rags to riches, Usain Bolt became a role model and hero to the world. Bolt’s simple country …show more content…
As Usain Bolt entered the junior world championships, all of Jamaica was behind him. Only 16 years old, he eased down the final stretch and broke the Junior World record with a 20.13 in the 200 meter final. Qualified to represent Jamaica in the Olympics, Usain entered Beijing in 2008 with twinkle toes. He easily broke the 100m world record, 200m world record, and 4×100m world record, but the 4×100m world record was stripped from the Jamaican team as Nesta Carter was found to be doping. Then, as he entered the 100m final in Berlin the next year, he blew away the world record with an astonishing 9.58 seconds. A couple days later, Usain Bolt shattered his 200m world record with a time of 19.19 seconds. Talk began about Usain breaking the 9 second and 19 second marks. As he entered London in 2012, the crowd loved him, and he was already recognized as the world’s fastest man. Easing into the 100 and 200 meter finals, Bolt obliterated the field. Bolt felt as if this was the performance that cemented his legacy. “In an interview with CBS News, Bolt detailed his pride over his 2012 performance: ‘It’s what I came here to do. I am now a legend. I am also the greatest athlete to live. I’ve got nothing left to prove’” (“Usain”). Bolt’s winning margin of 0.66 in the 200m finals was the biggest winning margin and 0.20 in the 100m finals was tied with Carl Lewis as the biggest winning margin. Bolt achieved his triple-triple in 2016, as he flew by the field once more. In his retirement speech, Bolt made sure to highlight who inspired and helped him through his ride, “I’d like to say to all my fans out there, thanks for the support. And to all my doubters, thank you very much because you have also pushed me” (Kleckner). Bolt is an amazing runner and his achievements prove that he is “Bolt, the Lightning Bolt”

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