Biography of Usain Saint Leo Bolt

Biography of Usain Saint Leo Bolt

Today, Naija1960 will be telling about Usain Saint Leo Bolt

Usain Bolt was born to Jennifer and Wellesley Bolt on the 21st of August 1986 in Sherwood Content, Jamaica. Growing up, Bolt loved playing cricket and football with his brother Sadika. He was a student of  Waldensia Primary school and soon found his potential in sprint at age 12 when he participated in an annual primary school competition to become the fastest runner in the 100metre.

Upon his admission into William Knibb Memorial High School, he was urged to focus more on track and field events pertaining to his running abilities. He started off with an impressive win, clinching the silver medal on his first annual high school championships in 2001. Somehow, a former Olympic sprint athlete turned coach—Pablo McNeil took special interest in Usain Bolt by becoming his primary coach…then, they surely enjoyed their working together.

 

 

He competed in the 200metre events but failed to qualify for the finals, although he sets an individual record of 21.73 seconds. He even acted naughtily as he was seen hiding at the back of a van when he was supposed to be preparing for the 200metres finals at the CARIFTA Trials. Unfortunately when a sinner is being punished, the righteous also partake as both McNeil and Bolt were punished for his naughty act. He went on to set championship records of 21.12 seconds and 47.33 seconds in 200 and 400metres respectively, beating the same record with 20.61 and 47.12 seconds at the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships a year later.

He belongs to the Hall of Fame of only 9 athletes who have won the Championships at the Youth, Junior and senior level of an athletic event. An amazing feat for a 16 year old lad making and breaking records set by him or whoever at the youth level. But, Usain Bolt had a problem! He lacked discipline as he prefered to party all night, skip sprinting training, prefer to play Basketball and football during the day. That’s what his coach—McNeil had to deal with till 2004, since Bolt believed more in his natural abilities than acquired skills.

Bolt started his professional career in 2004 with a new coach—Fitz Coleman. The new beginning started pretty well with a new world record of 19.93 seconds as a junior sprinter to run the 200metre race—becoming the first to finish the race under twenty seconds.

With the momentum, he was prepping for the World Junior Championships but unfortunately he was hindered by an hamstring injury…although he was still chosen to represent Jamaica at the 2004 Athens Olympics with confidence he’ll pick up from where he stopped but again he couldn’t get to the finals, after picking up another leg injury. He got offers abroad, most especially the United State offering him college scholarships which he declined to remain at the University of Technology, Jamaica, for his training.

Injuries kept him off track until May 2006 when he returned to competition besting Justin Gatlin’s record in Ostrava Czech Republic, he went on to set another personal  best of 19.88 seconds at the 2006 Athletissima Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland finishing behind Xavier Carter and Tyson Gay to win bronze. Two months later, he claimed his first major world medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart Germany, finishing third place with 20.10 seconds.

On this ride, in 2007 Bolt did the unexpected with 19.75 seconds—breaking the 36 years old Jamaican Championships record held by Don Quarrie. On the 31st May 2008, Bolt set a new 100 meter world record at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York with a blazing 9.72seconds.

He soon set a new 100 metre record at the 2008 Olympics with a lightning 9.69seconds which officially earned him the popular nickname Lightning Bolt!

Bolt set a double record at the 200metres which he won by 19.30 seconds, breaking record set by Michael Johnson’s since 1996.

Finally, Usain Bolt never failed a dope test all through his sprint career. He’s entangled with his longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett who gave birth to their first child, a beautiful daughter named Olympia Lightning Bolt. Bolt is an eleven time world champion who won four consecutive 4×100metres relay …clinching gold medals from 2009 to 2015.

What a career this man have had!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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