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Usain Bolt

The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, was born on August 21, 1986 on the Caribbean Island of Jamaica. He started to gain recognition by his coaches while still in school and eventually gained the attention of former Olympian Pablo McNeil. McNeil, who was also a sprinter, took Bolt under his wing to train him to be the greatest.

In 2002 Bolt competed in the World Junior Championship in Kingston Jamaica. He became the youngest person to win this race. 2004 Bolt was chosen to be a part of the Olympic team for the games that took place in Athens, Greece. Due to a hamstring injury, he was eliminated from the games during the 200 meter dash.

In 2005 and 2006, he entered the Top Five rankings. In 2007, at the World Championship, he won two silver medals by breaking a 30 year record set by Donal Quarrie in the national 200-meter.

In 2008 Bolt returned to the Olympics. He competed in the 100 meter dash and set the record for winning the race in 9.69 seconds. He wowed and shocked fans when he slowed down before crossing the finish line to celebrate his 1st place status in the race. His shoe laces were also untied. He then won two more gold medals during the games of that year and broke two more records.

In the 2012 London Olympics, he won three more gold medals and broke three more world records. He broke his own record and set a new record for the 100 meter dash by winning in 9.63 seconds. He also won gold for the second time in the 200-meter dash. He was the first man to ever set three world records in a single Olympic game.

In Bolt's final Olympic appearance in 2016, he won three more gold medals, making it a total of nine Olympic gold medals. He took first place in the 100 meter, 200-meter and 4x100 meter relay. His accomplishments led him to complete a triple-triple gold medal finish in 3 consecutive Olympic games. Unfortunately, Bolt was stripped of his gold medal for the 4x100 relay after a teammate was found guilty of using drugs.

Bolt is an eleven time World Champion and 8 time Olympic gold medalist. He retired from running in 2017. He wrote two memoirs, one autobiography, and welcomed a beautiful daughter by 2020.