For years he was known as the fastest man on the planet.
Can you even think back to a time he wasn’t?
And now, at 30-years-old, he’s hung up his track cleats, ending one of the greatest track and field careers the world has ever witnessed.
— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) August 5, 2017
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won eight gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016), although he lost his 4×100 gold medal from the Beijing Games after the IOC disqualified teammate Nesta Carter for doping.
He’s the only sprinter to win a “triple double” in track and field – winning gold in both the 100m and 200m in Beijing (2008), London (2012), and Rio de Janeiro (2016).
Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is so fast that he had time to smile and glance back at his competitors & still win pic.twitter.com/7ovEZlD70m
— African Diaspora (@HlabirwaDaGuy) August 15, 2016
But the Jamaican didn’t just shine at the Olympics; he owned the World Championships, too.
With the exception of a false start in the 100m in 2011, he won 11 World Championship titles in his three events (100m, 200m, 4x100m) from 2009-2015.
Bolt set the world record for the 100-meter in 2009 with an astounding 9.58 time. At the same World Championship in Berlin, he also set the WR in the 200-meter at 19.19.
Eight years later and both records still stand.
The fastest 100m times ever. Those caught doping struck out in red!
Usain Bolt 🐐 pic.twitter.com/UVHOcgxyix
— UpTheStakes (@UpTheStakes) August 6, 2017
He’s never tested positive for doping; he’s won every race, every title, set every record 100 percent clean.
That fact goes unnoticed a lot, but when you look at the list of fastest recorded 100m times and take away the men disqualified for testing positive, only one name remains: Usain Bolt.