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Usain Bolt

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Usain Bolt, born on 21 August 1986 in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica, is a sprinter and a five-time World and three-time Olympic gold medalist. He is the world record and Olympic record holder in the 100 meters, the 200 meters and the 4×100 meters relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, and is one of only seven athletes along with Valerie Adams, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. Bolt won a 200 meter gold medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships, making him the competition's youngest-ever gold medalist at the time. In 2004, at the CARIFTA Games, he became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 meters in less than 20 seconds with a time of 19.93, 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, he missed most of the next two seasons due to injuries.

In 2007, he broke Don Quarrie's 200 meter Jamaican record with a run of 19.75. His 2008 season began with his first world record performance - a 100 meter world record of 9.72 and culminated in world and Olympic records in both the 100 meter and 200 meter events at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. He ran 9.69 for the 100 meter and 19.30 in the 200 meters, and also set a 4×100 meter relay record of 37.10 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 meter and 200 meter world records to 9.58 and 19.19 respectively at the 2009 World Championships. This made him the first man to hold both the 100 and 200 meter world and Olympic titles at the same time. His 2009 record breaking margin over 100 meters is the highest since the start of digital time measurements. His achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname "Lightning Bolt", and awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year.

Bolt's personal best of 9.58 seconds in the 100 meters is the fastest ever legal time. Bolt also holds the second fastest time of 9.683, the current Olympic record. Tyson Gay recorded a time of 9.68 at the 2008 US Olympic Trials, but was aided with a tail wind of 4.1 meters per second, exceeding the legal limit of 2.0 meters per second set by the IAAF and nullifying its inclusion as a world record. Obadele Thompson's run of 9.69 in 1996 is also not recognised as it was aided by a 5.0 meters per second tail wind. Bolt's personal best of 19.19 in the 200 metres is the world record. This was recorded at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin against a headwind of − 0.3 meters per second. He has also broken the Olympic record with a time of 19.296. The Jamaican relay team including Bolt, set the 4x100 meters world and Olympic records at the 2008 Olympics with a time of 37.10 seconds. This is the only run in the IAAF top ten performances which was not set by an American team.

Bolt also holds the 200 meters world teenage best results for the age categories 15 at 20.58, 16 at 20.13, world youth record, 17 at 19.93 and 18 at 19.93, world junior record. He also holds the 150 meters world best set in 2009, during which he ran the last 100 meters in 8.70 seconds, the quickest timed 100 meters ever. In Trelawny, Jamaica he grew up with his parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, his brother Sadeeki, and his sister Sherine. His parents ran the local grocery store in this rural area, and Bolt spent his time playing cricket and football in the street with his brother and later said, "When I was young, I didn’t really think about anything other than sports". As a child, he attended Waldensia Primary and All-age School, and it was here that he first began to show his sprinting potential, running in the annual national primary-schools' meeting for his parish.

By the age of twelve, Bolt had become the school's fastest runner over the 100 meter distance. Upon his entry to William Knibb Memorial High School, Bolt continued to focus on other sports, but his cricket coach noticed Bolt's speed on the pitch and urged him to try track and field events. Pablo McNeil, a former Olympic sprint athlete, and Dwayne Barrett coached Bolt, encouraging him to focus his energy on improving his athletic abilities. The school had a history of success in athletics with past students, including sprinter Michael Green. Bolt won his first annual high school championships medal in 2001, taking the silver medal in the 200 meters with a time of 22.04 seconds. McNeil soon became his primary coach, and the two enjoyed a positive partnership, although McNeil was occasionally frustrated by Bolt's lack of dedication to his training and his predisposition to practical jokes.

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