Usain St. Leo Bolt – greatest sprinter

first_img…first triple-treble winner in historyBy: Ras WadadaHE is the first and only human to win three consecutive treble-Gold at the world’s most prestigious sporting event – the Olympics, and to underline his genius, Usain St. Leo Bolt holds the world records for both the 100M and 200M events,;making him the fastest human being and undoubtedly the greatest sprinter to ever grace an athletic track.The supremely talented 6 feet 5 inches tall Jamaican has captivated and enthralled the world with his more than often effortless dominant runs, infectious charisma and unmatchable showmanship, over an eigh- year period. Now that he has indicated that Rio 2016 isthe final chapter of his illustrious Olympics career, the big question no one seems to have an answer for is, who will fill ‘the Big-man’s shoes? He surely will be missed.The four-time Olympian is arguably the most talked-about person in the world currently, and Jamaicans back home are beginning to compare him with another of their international superstar, the legendary Robert ‘Nesta’ Marley.Today, ‘King Bolt’ celebrates another milestone in life – his 30th birthday – and one can only imagine the millions of well- wishers he has worldwide and via the cyber world. This legendary journey all began in the tiny village of Sherwood Content, Trelawny, with two very special persons who gifted to the world this very special ‘Lightning Bolt’.The head foundation of this world-class speedster is none other than Mr. Wellesley Bolt who skillfully planted this powerful seed that was specially blessed by the Almighty and then lovingly nurtured by Jennifer who delivered this unique gift to the world,one week past his due date, on this day in 1986.Bolt’s athletic prowess was spotted at an early age while playing football and cricket in the streets, and at age 12, he was his Primary school’s fastest runner.Waldensia Primary is where his athletics career began.Three years later in 2001, he copped a Silver in the 200M, representing William Knibb Memorial High at the annual inter-schools athletics meet,and at the regional CARIFTA annual championship the same year, he won a silver in the 200M, in his first outing for Jamaica.The man chiefly responsible for honing Bolt’s gifted talent and shaping it into making him the undisputed ‘Sprint King’ of the world, is Coach Stephen Francis, whose expertise is also responsible for guiding 2-time Olympic 100M Gold Medalist Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce.Bolt first introduced himself to the world when he captured Gold in the 200M at the world Junior Track and field, staged in Kingston, Jamaica in 2002, and two years later he ran 19.93 at the Junior CARIFTA Games in Hamilton, Bermuda, for a new Junior World record.After an ordinary outing in his first Olympics at Athens in 2004, Bolt returned four years later to light up the world at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with record-breaking performances in the 100M and 200M on his way to his first triple-Gold, which he replicated four years later at the London Games.Amid wild speculation that he cannot achieve the triple-treble Gold at the Rio Games, the imposing Bolt silenced his few critics while disdainfully obliterating all opposition there was to offer, consequently placing himself among an ‘elite three’ of track and field Olympian athletes to have won nine Gold Medals, the most by an athlete. American Carl Lewis and Finland’s Paavo Nurmi are the other two track athletes with nine Gold medals to their credit. The Finnish cross country and long distance runner won five Golds at the 1924 Paris games, a feat yet to be equaled by an athlete.While King Bolt sits alone at the top of an unreachable pedestal of 3 consecutive victories in the 100M, 200M and 4x100M relays, three other athletes did the triple-Gold at an Olympics at different times. Americans Jesse Owens in 1936, Bobby Joe-Morrow in 1956, and Carl Lewis in 1984,have all won the triple Gold at one ‘Olympic Games’, but the ace sprinter of all times has done it thrice. Owens and Lewis both also got Gold in the Long Jump in 1936 and 1984 respectively.Bolt’s only blemish at a major International meet during his eight year reign of 2008 to 2016 is his disqualification for a false start in the 100M final at the World Athletics Championships in Korea in 2011. The year 2008 marked his introduction to the 100M,and in only his second International race, he smashed the world record in New York with a time of 9.72 and broke that record two more times after.He has brokenthe world record for the 200m twice also. The present world record for the sprints were set in Berlin at the World Track and Field Championships in 2009, where ‘Lightning Bolt’ struck twice – 9.58 secs. in the 100M and 19.19 secs. in the 200M. This marks the first and only time, since fully automatic time became mandatory,that one athlete holds both world records.The six-time Jamaican Sportsman of the year winner was also awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the year in 2009 and 2010 and named IAAF’s Male Athlete of the year in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.The world will get a last glimpse of one of Athletics’ most loved champion next year February when he appears in his final World Track and Field Championships, in London. His present all-time tally of Gold at the World Track and Field Championships stands at three in the 100M, and four each in the 200M and 4x100M relays.Considering what he just comfortably and gracefully delivered in Rio, one would be tempted to say that the World’s greatest sprinter can do it one more time, but he is adamant that it is his last Olympics. Indeed, millions are heartbroken at his decision to end his electrifying and entertaining exploits on the Olympics track.I totally respect his timing to call it quits while at the peak of a most rewarding career, but for the majority of the World and the sport of athletics, it would be the best thing ever to have Usain St. Leo Bolt for one last time at an Olympics,which will be in Tokyo 2020.last_img

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