Everybody knows Usain Bolt. He is synonymous with words like ‘speed’, ‘fast’, ‘bolt’ … yes, pun intended. Since he started racing professionally, we have seen Olympic and World records drop like flies, as he acquired medals after medals – including 8 Gold Medals at the Olympics, and 11 Gold medals at the world championship.
Yesterday he had his final race at the #London17 World Championship, and even though it wasn’t the fairytale end we were expecting, he left the game with his head held high, and his accomplishments forever etched in our memories.
See the 7 times he broke world records.
Reebok Grand Prix: 100 meters – 9.72 secs
Prior to this race, critics had said the 9.76 seconds Usain Bolt ran in Jamaica was not legitimate, so he proved them wrong by doing it in 9.72 seconds.
2008 Olympic Games: 100meters – 9.69 secs
The men’s 100 meters sprint event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 16 August at the Beijing National Stadium. Usain Bolt won it in a world record time of 9.69 seconds.
2008 Olympic Games: 200meters – 19.31
The Men’s 200 meters at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on the 20th of August at the Beijing National Stadium. Usain Bolt set a new world record of 19.30s in the medal race and won by the largest margin of victory. Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were held by Micheal Johnson – 19.30s, in the 1996 Olympic Games.
2009 World Championships: 100meters – 9.58
The men’s 100 meters at the 2009 World Championships held on August 16th, 2009. The two main contenders were the reigning World Champion Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder. He finished in a world record-breaking time of 9.58 seconds, beating Gay by some distance, even though the American had run 9.71 seconds, which was the third fastest time ever
2009 World Championships: 200meters – 19.19
Again, the race favourites were Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt. Gay entered the competition as the reigning world champion, championship record holder, and 200 m world leader with 19.58 seconds. Bolt, the current Olympic champion and world record holder had a season’s best of 19.59 seconds. The last time the two athletes raced was at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, where Gay beat Bolt by a margin of 0.15 seconds.
After sustaining an injury, Gay withdrew from the race, and Bolt eventually won the Gold Medal after finishing in 19.19 seconds.
2011 World Championships – 4 x 100 meters
The Men’s 4 × 100 meters relay event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics held on the 4th of September. Together with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt took the anchor leg and bettered the World Record set by Jamaica to finish in a time of 37.04.
2012 Olympic Games
On 11 August, the Jamaican national team, led by Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt, won the gold medal and broke their own world record of 37.04 set at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, with a time of 36.84.