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Usain Bolt

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
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Profession: Olympic Sprinter

Nationality:
Jamaica
Jamaican

Why Famous: The first man in Olympic history to win both the 100 meter and 200 meter races in world record times.

Bolt was also the first man in history to set three world records in a single Olympic Games competition.

His sprinting achievements have earned him the nickname "Lightning Bolt".

Born: August 21, 1986
Birthplace: Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica
Age: 33 years old

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo

Events in the Life of Usain Bolt

  • 2004-08-24 Future 8-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt of Jamaica finishes 5th in his 200m heat in 21.05, failing to qualify for the 2nd round at the Athens Olympics
  • 2008-05-31 Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7m/s) 9.72 seconds
  • 2008-08-16 Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt sets new world record of 9.69 seconds to win the coveted 100m gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics
  • 2008-08-20 Usain Bolt of Jamaica wraps up the 100/200m double in style with a new 200m world record 19.30 at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008-08-22 The Jamaican team led by Usain Bolt smashes the world 4 x 100m relay record in the final at the Beijing Olympics; disqualified in 2017 as Nesta Carter tests positive for prohibited substance
  • 2009-04-16 Laureus World Sports Awards, (ceremony cancelled GFC): Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Yelena Isinbayeva; Team: China Olympic team
  • 2009-08-16 Usain Bolt of Jamaica edges American Tyson Gay to win 100m in world record 9.58s at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin
  • 2009-08-20 12th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 200m
  • 2010-03-10 Laureus World Sports Awards, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Serena Williams; Team: Brawn F1 team
  • 2011-09-03 Following his disqualification in the 100m, Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs a season best 19.40 to win the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in South Korea
  • 2012-08-09 Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt wins the 200m at the London Olympics in 19.32 to become first to win 100/200m double in back-to-back Olympics
  • 2013-03-11 Laureus World Sports Awards, Municipal Theater, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Missy Franklin; Team: FC Bayern Munich
  • 2013-08-11 Usain Bolt of Jamaica records best time of the year (9.77s) to edge out American Justin Gatlin and win 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia
  • 2013-08-17 14th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 200m
  • 2015-08-27 15th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt of Jamaica adds the Mens 200m gold to his 100m win
  • 2016-08-14 Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt wins coveted 100m Olympic 100m gold medal in 9.81 at Rio de Janeiro Olympics - first man to win the event 3 times
  • 2016-08-18 Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the gold medal in the men's 200m for the 3rd successive Summer Olympics, recording a time of 19.78 in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2017-02-14 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Simone Biles; Team: Chicago Cubs
  • 2017-08-05 Jamaican sprint super-star Usain Bolt finishes 3rd behind Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman in his final individual race, the 100m at IAAF World Championships in London
  • 2017-08-12 Usain Bolt injures himself in his very last race - mens 4x100m relay, Jamaica misses gold at world championships

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