Bolt bids farewell with a bronze
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt ran in his last solo race only to finish at the third place behind American duo Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman. Bolt ran the 100m event at World Athletics Championships in London in 9.95 seconds. He will now compete in 4x100m relay race with his Jamaican teammates on 12th August.
World Athletics Championships: Usain Bolt's last tournament
The fastest man on the earth, Usain Bolt is all set to run his final race at the World Athletics Championships in London. Bolt will retire after he runs in the 100m and 4x100m race at the athletics extravaganza. Let us have a look at the career and achievements of one of the greatest athletes in the history.
The beginning of the history in the making
Bolt rose to prominence at the 2002 World Junior Championships, becoming the youngest world-junior gold medallist ever. He turned professional in 2004, but injuries forced him to withdraw from major international tournaments. However, he soon proved a major threat to senior athletes when he won silver at 2007 Osaka World Championships, and broke the 100m world record at Reebok Grand Prix in May 2008.
When Bolt took over the world
Usain Bolt went on to win gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He improved his own 100m record, and set a new time of 9.59 seconds. He also set a world record in the 200m race. Along with his Jamaican team-mates, he won gold in the 4x100m relay race, in a record breaking time.
World record holder
Bolt currently holds world record for the 100m and 200m races, with the time of 9.58 and 19.19 seconds respectively. He set both the records at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Most successful athlete in the world
With an exception of the 2011 World Championships, Bolt has won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events in all the world championships from 2008 to 2015. He has won a total of 13 medals, and is the most successful athlete in the history. He was the IAAF World Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.
Having won eight gold medals in three Olympics, Bolt is the only sprinter to have won gold medals in the 100m and 200m events in three consecutive Olympics.