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7 Facts About Usain Bolt: Superhuman Athelete, Oylmpian, Internet Meme... Legend

Shrijan Sun Dec 29 2019
7 Facts About Usain Bolt: Superhuman Athelete, Oylmpian, Internet Meme... Legend

Who hasn't heard of the mighty Usain Bolt?

The man has been in memes, has an avatar in a mobile game, and is The Telegraph's Sports Person of the Decade (alongside Caster Semenya).

Bolt with his three Olympic gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Bolt with his three Olympic gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Source: Pinterest

That is not even withstanding the 13 individual gold medals and 6 Olympic golds, and the universal consensus that Bolt is the single greatest sprinter in history! 

Bolt has transcended the sport for which he is known, becoming a global celebrity. Even now, two years after his retirement from track, his track records remain unrivalled.

In honor of the decade of Usain Bolt, we have compiled a list of 7 inhuman feats of the Jamaican sprinter.

7. Usain Bolt's Top Speed

The fastest speed Usain Bolt has achieved came in his 100 meters sprint in the 2009 Berlin World Championships, where he clocked in at 12.42 m/s (44.72 km/h (27.79 mph)).

6. He Inspired an Internet Meme 

As if Usain Bolt wasn't cool enough, he goes and gives us one of the most meme-worthy moments of all time. 

At the last leg of the men 100 meters semi-final dash at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Bolt had a cheeky grin on his face as he turned to the camera, clearly realizing that he was the winner by a long shot.

Usain Bolt smiling at the camera
The picture that inspired millions of memes
Source: BuzzFeed

The world took no time to react, adding their spin on to the already iconic image, and a meme for the ages was born. 

5. Bolt Trained to be a Professional Soccer Player

Bolt has publicly stated his passion for soccer. A man of action rather than words, Bolt underwent training with the Australian club Central Coast Mariners as a left-winger, scoring a couple of goals in the process.

Bolt debuting for the Australian soccer team Central Coast Marines
Bolt debuting for the Australian soccer team Central Coast Marines
Source: The Telegraph

His career was short-lived, and by November 2018, he had left the club. In January 2019, he announced that he had forgone pursuing his career in soccer.

4. He Suffers From Scoliosis

Fans were left shell-shocked when Bolt revealed in his autobiography that he had been living with scoliosis.

The condition resulted in his right leg being half an inch shorter than his left. As a professional sprinter, this meant that his left leg stayed on the ground fourteen percent longer than his right and exerted 955 lbs of force compared to the right leg at 1080 lbs. 

It is unclear whether Bolt's performance is enhanced because of his scoliosis or if he performs exceedingly well despite his condition.

. Bolts' Personal Bests

Of all the records Bolt has broken, his greatest rival would be himself. Aside from surpassing other great performers before him, he has broken his records multiple times.

The table below looks at his personal best over his career.

No.EventTimeVenueDate
1100 Meters

9.58 seconds

(World Record)

Berlin, GermanyAugust 16, 2009
150 Meters14.35 secondsManchester, United KingdomMay 17, 2009
3200 Meters

19.19 seconds

(World Record)

Berlin, GermanyAugust 20, 2009
4300 Meters

30.97 seconds

(National Record)

Ostrava, Czech RepublicMay 27, 2010
5400 Meters45.28 secondsKingston, JamaicaMay 5, 2007
64x100 Meters Relay 36.84 seconds (World Record)London, EnglandAugust 11, 2012

He has also been awarded the Guinness World Records on 19 occasions, coming in second only to swimmer Michael Phelps at 23 for most Guinness World Records in a sport. 

 

2. Bolt Became a Sprinter Over a Bet

It is hard to imagine that the "fastest man in the world" might not have even happened, had it not been for a bet!

When Bolt was 12, he made a bet with his friend over who was the fastest runner. A Reverend overheard them and upped the ante with promises of free food for the victor. 

When Bolt won decisively, the Reverend said the words that started the ball rolling for Bolt: "If you can beat Ricardo, you can beat anyone." And the world of track-sprinting was never the same.

1. Has a Net Worth of $31 Million

What does being one of the most decorated athletes in history and having countless awards and accolades to your name give you? Well, money! And lots of it!

Usain Bolt's endorsement of Puma shoes
Usain Bolt's endorsement of Puma shoes
Source: Puma

According to Forbes, Bolt is worth $31 million. While his primary source of wealth is his illustrious career at the track, his ubiquitous fame and celebrity stature has bolstered his revenue, not to mention the brand endorsements and sponsorships.

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