Usain Bolts retires, Global stars bid farewell to the greatest sprinter

Usain Bolt

Several international super stars, including soccer giants, basketball kings, movies great and music moguls paid their respect to the prince of track and fields, Usain Bolt.

Former footballers including Bastian Schweinsteiger and Kaka, four-time Olympic gymnast Simone Bile’s, and four-time F1 world champion Alain Prost joined those who bid Usain Bolt farewell as the eight-time Olympic champion prepares for retirement.

Born 21 August 1986, Usain St Leo Bolt is now a retired Jamaican sprinter. He is the first person to clutch both the 10 meters and 200 meters world records fully automatic times.

He also holds the world record as a part of the 4 x 100 meters relay and is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events.

Because of his dominance and achievements in sprint competition, he is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time.

An eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Bolt won the 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games, even though he subsequently lost one of the gold medals (as well as the world record set therein) nine years after the fact due to teammate Nesta Carters’ ‘s disqualification for doping offences.

Bolt gained worldwide admiration for his double sprint victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in world record times. He is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016), a feat referred to as the “triple double.”

An eleven-time World Champion, Bolt won consecutive World Championships 100 m, 200 m and 4 X 100 meters relays from 2009 to 2015, except for a 100-m false start in 2011.

He is the most successful athlete of the World Championships and was the first athlete to win three titles in both the 100 m and 200 m at the competition.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.
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