Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt (Image Credits: Instagram)

Usain St. Leo Bolt, commonly known as Usain Bolt, is a former Jamaican sprinter and is regarded as the best sprinter of all time. He holds world records in 100 m, 200 m, and 4 X 100 m relay events. Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medalist, is the only sprinter to win the 100-meter and 200-meter Olympic titles at three consecutive Games in the years 2008, 2012, and 2016.  Furthermore, he earned two gold medals in the 4 X 100 m relay event in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. He is an 11-time World Champion who, from 2009 to 2015, except for a 100-meter false start in 2011, won consecutive gold medals in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4X100 m relay events at the World Championships. He is also the most successful male athlete in the history of the World Championships.

Junior Career

Bolt made his international debut at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. He ran in the 200-meter event but was unable to make it to the finals despite setting a new personal record of 21.73 seconds. He created records, finishing in 20.61 seconds and 47.12 seconds in the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships. At the 2002 World Junior Championships, Bolt’s 200-meter victory made him the youngest world junior gold medalist ever. As a part of the Jamaican sprint relay team, he earned two silver medals and set national junior records in the 4 X 100m and 4 X 400m relays, with timings of 39.15 seconds and 3:04.06 minutes.  He established a new championship record at the World Youth Championships 2003 in the 200 meters with a timing of 20.40 s.

Senior Career

Bolt began competing professionally in 2004 in the CARIFTA Games in Bermuda under the direction of coach, Fitz Coleman. With a time of 19.93 seconds, he became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 m in under twenty seconds, breaking the world junior mark. Bolt went into the 2004 Olympics in Athens with confidence and a fresh world record on his side. He was limited by a leg ailment, though, and finished the 200 meters in the first round with a disappointing time of 21.05 seconds. In preparation for the forthcoming athletics season, Bolt began training with Glen Mills in 2005. Although Bolt’s early career was hampered by injuries, he climbed into the world’s top-5 rankings in 2005 and 2006.

Bolt captured his first major international medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart, Germany. He finished the race in 20.10 seconds, earning a bronze medal. He improved on this success by capturing a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan in a timing of 19.91 seconds. The silver medals which he won at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka fueled his desire to sprint, and he adopted a more serious, mature approach to his career. On May 31, 2008, Bolt established a new 100 m world record at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York City’s Icahn Stadium. Bolt headed into the Summer Olympics 2008 as a heavy favorite in both 100m and 200m events as the new 100 m world record holder. He lived up to the expectations as he claimed both the events in Beijing. Usain Bolt’s ascendance began after that and his supremacy soon followed.

Medals at Major Competitions

Event Total medals Gold Silver Bronze
Olympic Games 8 8 0 0
World Championships 14 11 2 1
World Relays 1 0 1 0
CAC Championships 1 1 0 0
Commonwealth Games 1 1 0 0
World Junior Championships 3 1 2 0
World Youth Championships 1 1 0 0


Net Worth

According to CelebrityNetWorth, the net worth of former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is reported to be around 90 million dollars. He made approximately $30 million from endorsements in 2016.  He has endorsed major brands such as Visa, Gatorade, Hublot, Virgin Media, and All Nippon Airways. He is the sport’s highest-paid athlete in history. He was the only track and field athlete on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2016, earning roughly $33 million in a single year and was ranked No. 32 on the list.


Bolt was born on August 21, 1986, in Sherwood Content, Jamaica, to parents Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt. He has a sister named Sherine and a brother named Sadiki. In the rural community where his parents had a grocery shop, Bolt and his brother would play football and cricket on the streets. He had also gained a fondness for the European football clubs Real Madrid and Manchester United during his childhood.


Usain Bolt in action during the men's 100 meter semifinal of the Rio Olympics 2016

Usain Bolt in action during the men's 100 meter semifinal of the Usain Bolt in action during the men's 100 meter semifinal of the Rio Olympics 2016 (Image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Usain Bolt wins the 100m race in the London Olympics

Usain Bolt wins the 100m race in the London Olympics (In a file photo)

Usain Bolt with his signature pose

Usain Bolt with his signature pose (In a file photo)

Usain Bolt (In a file photo)

Usain Bolt (In a file photo)