Jamaica and The London 2012 Olympics: Profile and Schedule of Usain Bolt, 100m 200 metres sprinter

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The Honourable Usain St. Leo BoltOJC.D. (play /ˈjuːsn/;[8] born 21 August 1986), is a Jamaican sprinter and a five-time World and three-time Olympic gold medalist. He is the world record and Olympic record holder in the 100 metres, the 200 metres and (along with his teammates) the 4×100 metres relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, and is one of only seven athletes to win world championships at the youthjunior, and senior level of an athletic event.

Usain Bolt won a 200 m gold medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships, making him the competition’s youngest-ever gold medalist at the time (since surpassed by Jacko Gill). In 2004, at the CARIFTA Games, he became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 m in less than 20 seconds with a time of 19.93 s,[9] breaking the previous world junior record held by Roy Martin by two-tenths of a second. He turned professional in 2004, and although he competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Bolt missed most of the next two seasons due to injuries. In 2007, he broke Don Quarrie‘s almost 36-year-old 200 metre Jamaican record with a run of 19.75 s.

His 2008 season began with his first world record performance—a 100 m world record of 9.72 s—and culminated in world and Olympic records in both the 100 m and 200 m events at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. He ran 9.69 s for the 100 m and 19.30 s in the 200 m, and also set a 4×100 m relay record of 37.10 s with the Jamaican team. This made him the first man to win three sprinting events at a single Olympics since Carl Lewis in 1984, and the first man to set world records in all three at a single Olympics. The following year he further lowered his own 100 m and 200 m world records to 9.58 s and 19.19 s respectively at the 2009 World Championships.[10] This made Usain the first man to hold both the 100 and 200 m world and Olympic titles at the same time.

His 2009 record breaking margin for 100 m, from 9.69 to 9.58, is the highest since the start of fully automatic time measurements.[11]His achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname “Lightning Bolt”,[12] and awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the YearTrack & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the YearSportspro has rated Usain Bolt as the 4th most marketable athlete in the world.[13]

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Track & Field Men’s 100 Meters Heats See Results
8/5/12 2:53 PM Track & Field Men’s 100 Meters Semifinal

 

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