This Jamaican born sprinter bolted out of his starting block with the raw power and fury of his nickname, The Lightning Bolt.
Universally known by his fitting last name Bolt, this dynamic sprinter effortlessly jogs into the #23 spot in the recently released second edition of my sports comic book Favorite Single Named Athletes.
Usain Bolt first became a world champion when he won the 200 meter dash at age 15 during the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.
At age 16, Bolt broke Jamaican high school records in the 200 meter and 400 meter races. A year later, Usain set a world junior record of 19.93 seconds in the 200 meters while competing in his first professional event at the CARFITA games in Bermuda.
Bolt’s surging popularity as a teenager prompted huge expectations among his native Caribbean island’s track and field fan base. He never fizzled in his electrifying career.
Now an international track and field superstar, Usain Bolt is named Lightning Bolt for his uncanny speed. This Jamaican lays claim to the title World’s Fastest Man.
Bolt debuted on the international track and field scene in 2008 in the same awe inspiring way a lightning bolt crackles across a dark sky with a roaring clap of thunder.
On May 31, 2008 Bolt set a new world record at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York City. He ran the 100 meters in 9.72 seconds.
The, during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he broke his earlier record in the 100 meter dash by clocking in at 9.69 seconds. Bolt jogged across the finish line pounding his chest and stretching his arms out wide. Many critics believed his record time would have been even better if it weren’t for this showboating finish.
After winning three gold medals and setting three world records in each event in the 2008 Olympics, Bolt faced more pressure to perform.
At the Berlin World Championships in 2009, this Lightning Bolt startled fans once again. Bolt improved his earlier world records in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes. He finished with times of 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds.
Bolt surpassed the goals he set for himself in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He became the first Olympian ever to repeat as champion of the both the 100 and 200 meter races.
Amazingly, Bolt continued his international success a year later. He easily replicated his Olympic gold medal successes in both the 100 and 200 meter sprints at the 2013 World Championships in Russia.
Adoring Jamaicans and international track and field fans were not surprised by Bolt’s most recent performances.
They counted on Usain Bolt to light up both the London and Moscow skies with the same raw power and fury they’ve always come to expect from this Jamaican bred Lightning Bolt.
Now, Usain Bolt leaves all track and field fans wondering if this amazing athlete can possibly sprint away from the field again in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
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