Yes, he is arguably the ‘fastest man in the world‘ and here I can’t even chase down my Auto bhaiya successfully.
Bolt was born in Sherwood, a small town in Jamaica where his parents ran a grocery store. He had a brother and a sister and he spent majority of his time playing cricket and football in the street with his brother. He said,
When I was young, I didn’t really think about anything other than sports.
During his childhood days, Bolt went to Waldensia Primary, where he began showing his sprint potential. By the time he turned 12-years-old, he had become the fastest runner over the 100-metre distance in school.
Bolt continued playing other sports but one day, his cricket coach noticed his speed on the pitch and urged him to try track and field events. Ever since, there was no looking back.
He may be the fastest sprinter but he also has a great interest in cricket. And as a child, he was a supporter of the Pakistan cricket team. He was a huge fan of the former Pakistani pacer Waqar Younis. Bolt once said,
If I were not a sprinter, I would be a fast bowler.
Apart from being an Olympic medal winner, he is also an eleven-time world champion.
Bolt’s accomplishments have made him the first man in history to set three world records in a single Olympic Games competition and no one has been able to beat his track record, till date.
He was that kind of a man who broke his own world records on several occasions. In an interview with BBC Sport, he said,
I’m trying to be one of the greatest, to be among [Muhammad] Ali and Pele. I have made the sport exciting, I have made people want to see the sport. I have put the sport on a different level.
Just so you know, Bolt is a world record holder in 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 meters relay. He is also the only sprinter to win Olympic gold medals in 100 meter, 200 meter at consecutive Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
He not only set the record without a favourable wind, but he also slowed down to celebrate, before he finished (and his shoelace was untied). He went on to win three gold medals and break three world records in Beijing. That’s when he was nicknamed the ‘Lightning Bolt.’
He currently holds 19 Guinness World Records to his name which is damn impressive to say the least. But, that doesn’t mean that he didn’t have hardships and battles to fight of his own.
For the first time since 2007, Bolt couldn’t win the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in 2017. He won the bronze behind Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin, who took home the silver and the gold, respectively.
As mentioned earlier, Bolt was keen on playing football and in an interview with The Guardian in November 2016, Bolt said,
I wished to play as a professional footballer after retiring from athletics. For me, if I could get to play for Manchester United, that would be like a dream come true. Yes, that would be epic”.