Usain “Lighting” Bolt’s meteoric rise in the world of track and field is matched only by his downbeat intensity and fathomless charisma. The golden son of Jamaican sprinting has been rewriting history since the age of 16 when he brought down the house at the 2003 all-school Boys and Girls’ Champs track meet. His series of brilliant runs culminated in a record-breaking 200m/400m double in 20.23 s and 45.30 s respectively. Prior to that, Bolt’s talent got kick-started rather unexpectedly when he won his first bronze medal in hurdles at the Western Champs competition held in Trelawny. Due to his unusual height, Bolt also competed in the high jump and was a talented fast bowler in cricket before turning his focus entirely to sprinting.
Three gold medals and three world records announced the arrival of a gifted young legend at Beijing 2008. As a five-time World and three-time Olympic gold medalist sprinter, Bolt holds the world record and Olympic record in the 100 meters, the 200 meters and (with his teammates) the 4×100 meter relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, and the first man to win three sprinting events at a single Olympics since Carl Lewis in 1984. He created history once again at the 2012 Olympic Games in London by defending all three Olympic titles with 100m, 200m and 4x100m victories, the latter in a new world record time of 36.84 secs. All bets are on that he’ll bring home the gold at this year’s Olympics in Rio. Some call Bolt “The Upsetter.” We like to think of him as an Achilles with replaceable heels.