Capital: € 80 million
Age: 33
Born: 08/21/1986
Country of origin: Jamaica
Source of wealth: athlete
Last updated: 2023

Short introduction

Usain Bolt is a former Jamaican sprinter. He is a world record holder in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4 × 100-meter relay. He is generally considered the greatest sprinter ever.

Early life

Usain St. Leo Bolt was born in 1986 in Sherwood Content, a small town in Jamaica. His parents ran the local grocery store in the rural area. Bolt spent his free time playing cricket and soccer on the street with his brother. As a child, Bolt attended Waldensia Elementary School, where he began to show his sprint potential when he ran at his community’s annual national elementary school meeting. At the age of twelve, Bolt was the fastest runner at the school over a distance of 100 meters. When he entered the William Knibb Memorial School, Bolt focused on other sports, but his cricket coach noticed Bolt’s speed on the pitch and recommended that he try out athletics events. Bolt won his first annual high school championship medal in 2001. He took the silver medal in 200 meters with a time of 22.04 seconds. At the age of 15, Bolt achieved his first success on the world stage at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, where he won the 200-meter race. He was the youngest junior gold medalist ever. Bolt’s deeds impressed the athletics world and he received the Rising Star Award from the International Association of Athletics Foundation this year. He soon received the appropriate nickname “Lightning Bolt”.


Bolt started his professional career in 2004 with the CARIFTA games in Bermuda. He was the first young sprinter to cover the 200 meters in less than twenty seconds and set the world record with a time of 19.93s. At 1.96 meters, Bolt defies conventional wisdom that very large sprinters are disadvantaged as fast starters. In 2005 and 2006, Bolt reached the top 5 in the world rankings. Unfortunately, injuries troubled the sprinter and prevented him from going through a full professional season. In 2007, Bolt broke the national 200m record that Donald Quarrie had held for over 30 years and won two silver medals at the Athletics Championship in Osaka, Japan. At the 2008 Olympic Games, Bolt was the first athlete since the American Carl Lewis, who won the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4 × 100-meter relay in a single Olympiad, and was the first ever to set world records in all three events set up. A failed drug test by one of his 4 × 100 teammates resulted in Bolt losing his gold medal in this event. His 0.66-second lead in the 200-meter race was the largest in Olympic history. At the 2009 World Cup, Bolt broke his 100-meter record and won with 9.58 seconds. Four days later, he broke his own 200-meter record with a 0.11-second lead and won a second gold medal at the World Championship. Bolt was the big favorite at the sprint events on the way to the 2011 World Cup, but a wrong start disqualified him from the 100m final. At the Olympic Games in London in 2012, Bolt defended his titles in the 100-meter and 200-meter competitions with an Olympic record. In 2013 he won three gold medals at the World Championships. At the 2015 World Championships, Bolt again won gold medals in his three outstanding competitions. At the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, he won gold in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4 × 100-meter relay competitions. Bolt announced his retirement after the 2017 Athletics Championship. There he had won a bronze medal in the 100-meter sprint and finished eighth as a member of the 4 × 100-meter relay team.

Career highlights

As an eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Bolt is the only sprinter to win 100m and 200m Olympic titles in three consecutive Olympic Games (2008, 2012 and 2016) and is one of the most successful participants in outdoor world championships. He also won two 4 × 100-meter relay gold medals. He achieved worldwide fame through his double sprint victory in world record times at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He was the first athlete to hold both records since the fully automatic time became mandatory. Bolt is considered the “highest paid athlete in the history of athletics”. Bolt reached its top speed at the 2009 Berlin World Championships. There Bolt set a world record of 9.58 seconds for the 100-meter race. The top speed was 44.72 kilometers per hour between 60 and 80 meters. Bolt used its status as the fastest sprinter in the world to attract more than a dozen sponsors, including Mumm, XM, Kinder, Advil and Sprint. His partnership with Puma alone brought in more than $ 10 million annually.

Famous quotes

“My name is Bolt, Lightening Bolt.”

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.”

“There were many legends, many people before me. But this is my time. ”

Success tips

“Worries won’t get you anywhere. If you’re worried about your performance, you’ve already lost. Train hard, do your best and the rest will surrender to you. ”

“Dreaming is free. Goals have costs. While you can dream for free, goals are not without price. Time, effort, sacrifice and sweat. How will you pay for your goals? ”


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