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Usain Bolt

Sports | 9-14 yrs | Reading Pod

Usain Bolt World Records

Usain Bolt (1986- ), who as his name might suggest is the world record holder and Olympic record holder in the 100m, 200m, and 4X100 m relay. He is also one of seven athletes to ever win the world championships at the junior, youth and senior level world championships.

Bolt was born in Sherwood Content, a small Jamaican town to Wellesly and Jennifer Bolt who were grocery store owners. Bolt grew up with sports on his mind, from cricket and football in the street or on the beach. At Waldensia Primary and All-Age school bolt showed signs of speed when at 12 he was already the fastest boy in school. In high school his cricket coach noticed Usain’s speed on the field and guided him towards track and field. Under the guidance of a former Olympic athlete, Pablo McNeil and Dwayne Barrett coached him on the track and field.

In 2008 Bolt set his first world record of 9.72 seconds in the 100m dash and then beat his own record at the Olympics later that year in Beijing with a speed of 9.69 seconds. At the Olympics he also set the 200m record with a speed of 19.3 seconds and a record in the 4X100 m relay with the Jamaican team. It made him the first man to set world records in three sprinting events.

Bolt outdid himself the following year by beating his own records with 9.58 s in the 100m and 19.19 in the 200m dashes. Since these were not at the Olympics, it made him the first man to hold the Olympic and world records in the 100 and 200 m dash at the same time. Come London 2012, will anyone catch him?

Apart from running track and field, Usain Bolt enjoys many other sports. Can you find out more about his passion for sports off the track?