Usain Bolt is referred to as “The Lightning of Jamaica”, the “king of speed” and coincidentally his excellent world records were all set in August.
Happy new age every August
The world track and field village will not have a legendary Usain Bolt without a turning point that takes him from a guy who loves to play music, once dreamed of becoming a DJ, to speedrunning. When he was a child, Bolt had a scoliosis which made his right leg about 13mm shorter than his left leg.
Usain Bolt was born on August 21, 1986, in Sherwood Content. Usain grew up on the streets with a hobby of playing cricket and soccer and had never thought of any other sport. But at the age of 12, in a school run contest, Usain Bolt boy easily won the 100m run.
Up to middle school, Usain still only played cricket. Until one day, Usain’s coach suggested and directed him to athletics. And then, the first teachers were Pablo McNeil, a former Olympic speed runner, and Dwayne Jarrett coached Usain from those early days.
And then from the age of 15, Usain Bolt began to participate in the first major competitions. Bolt scored 48 seconds 28 (48.28) for 400 meters at the CARIFTA Games 2001, a Caribbean regional competition, under the Jamaican shirt and won a silver medal. He won another silver medal in the 200m content with a 21.81 record.
At the world level, Usain Bolt participated in the Young World Championship in Debrecen (Hungary) and did not win the right to the 200m final. However, the 15-year-old boy still has a personal record at that time of 21.73.
100m world record
On August 16, 2008, at the Beijing Summer Olympics (China), Usain Bolt set a new world record 100m content with a record of 9.69. And coincidentally, on that same day a year later (August 16, 2009), Usain Bolt set the world record for running 100 meters and has existed until now.
11 years ago, at the 2009 World Championship held in Berlin (Germany), 23-year-old Usain Bolt has made the world admire with an unprecedented record. Competing with Bolt at the time was Tyson Gay, one of America’s best speed running legends.
Bolt finished first with a time of 9.58, beating Gay with a record of 9.71, just 0.02 seconds below Bolt’s previous world record set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (9.69). 9.69 to 9.58 represents a huge step forward in the achievement of speed runs using modern electronic timing systems.
The male 100m record in the world until now has not been broken. And experts predict it will be difficult to find a perfect speed runner like Usain Bolt to be able to break this record.
A world record of 200 meters was also set in August
August seems to be a great time to mark a glorious milestone for the Jamaican Lightning track career.
Exactly on August 19, 2009 also in Berlin, Usain Bolt set another record in the 200m run. 19.19 is the world record of 200m content and still exists today. Not only that, Usain Bolt and his teammates created a new world record in the 4x100m men’s relay with a 37.10 record, breaking the old record 37.31 set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by the Jamaican team.
Usain Bolt is still the world record for all three prestigious speed runs: 100m, 200m and 4x100m, with a record holding time of 11 years.
Usain Bolt has won a total of 8 Olympic gold medals, is the only speed runner to win 100m and 200m gold medals in three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016). Bolt also won a total of 11 world championships, of which he was unmatched at 100m, 200m and 4×100 in a row from 2009 to 2015.
In 2017, Usain Bolt announced his retirement. He is currently living with his longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett and the two have just welcomed their first daughter on May 17, 2020. Usain Bolt named his daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt, the name voted best in 2020.