Our Olympic Quotation of the Day
10th August 2012
Today, it seems only fitting that we should hear from Usain Bolt. The Olympic Champion at 100m and 200m, the only man to ever have achieved the “double double” (see below) and the fastest man ever to have lived.
Never let it be said that Usain’s not confident;
“I told you all I was going to be No. 1, and I did just that.”
Asked to respond to the doubters after winning Gold at the London Olympics, Usain said:
“I’m not concerned. I’ve said it from the start, people can talk, all they can do is talk. When it comes to the Championships, it’s all about business to me – and I brought it.”
Before he successfully defended his Olympic 200m title, he said;
“People always say I’m a legend, but I’m not. Not until I’ve defended my Olympic titles. That’s when I’ve decided I’ll be a legend.”
So, I think it’s fair to assume that Usain Bolt is now, officially, a legend.
A Bit About Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt was born on the 21st August 1986. He’s a Jamaican sprinter and, given that he holds both the 100m and 200m World Records (and is the first man to do so), no one could argue that he’s the fastest man ever.
As well as his 100m and 200m World Records, he also helped his Jamaican teammates set the World Record for the 4 x 100m Relay. That’s an outstanding record of achievement.
He’s a five-time World and five-time Olympic Gold Medalist and is the first man ever to achieve the “double double” by winning 100m and 200m titles at consecutive Olympics (in 2008 and then 2012). In fact, he’s the first man to defend an Olympic sprint title since Carl Lewis in 1988. He’s also one of only seven athletes to win World Championships at the Youth, Junior, and Senior levels.
When he set his current World Record in the 100m back in 2009, that in itself was also a record; His record breaking margin, from 9.69 (his own previous world record) down to 9.58, is the largest margin of improvement in the World Record since fully automatic time measurements began.
Usain Bolt has been nicknamed “Lightning Bolt” by the media in recognition of his outstanding achievements. His many awards include the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year and his success has made him the highest paid athlete ever in track and field.
In 2002, Usain won a 200m Gold Medal at the World Junior Championships, making him the competition’s youngest-ever Gold Medalist at the time – a record since beaten by Jacko Gill. In 2004, he became the first junior sprinter to break the 20second barrier in the 200m with a time of 19.93s – 2 tenths faster than the previous World Junior Record held by Roy Martin. He turned professional later that year.
In 2007, he broke Don Quarrie’s almost 36-year-old 200m Jamaican record with a run of 19.75 s. He started his 2008 season with his first world record performance in the 100 m with a time of 9.72 s and his season ended with World and Olympic Records in the 100m (9.69s), the 200m (19.30s) and the 4×100m Relay Record of 37.10s with the Jamaican team. This made him the first man to set world records in all three events at a single Olympics.
The following year at the World Championships, he broke his own 100m and 200m World Records with times of 9.58s and 19.19s, respectively, making him the first man to hold both the 100m and 200m World and Olympic titles at the same time.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, his 100m Gold Medal was won in a time of 9.63s, setting a new Olympic record for that particular distance.
That’s Usain Bolt – The fastest man that has ever lived.
Have a great one,