Football Star: USAIN BOLT

Yes, you read it right, the retired Jamaican sprinter now dons a “95” jersey and plays for the Mariner’s, in Australia. Once a crude lad, now, he aims to not retire as a sportsperson and continues to add to his achievements. He had, in his childhood, played many sports but his cricket coach recognized his potential in athletics. If one asked me to define Bolt in a few words, I wouldn’t be able to and that is why I’m writing this article.

JUNIOR BOLT

Picture Courtesy: Daily Mail

In spite of everyone admonishing Bolt for his lack of dedication, his score sheet checks out differently. A 6ft 5in tall teenager, Bolt loved to party and play pranks on people. The raging hormones did divert his attention from athleticism but didn’t stop him from getting Silver in 200m at the national level high school championship, 2001. He, then, won Silver in 200m and 400m at the CARIFTA games, 2001. He won Gold in 200m at the 2002 World Junior Championship and also took two Silvers in relay events. He, also, won the Austin Sealy Trophy (most outstanding athlete) at the 2003 CARIFTA games for winning 4 Gold. The score sheet might even stand taller than him.

BOLT GOES PROFESSIONAL 

Changing coaches from McNeil to Coleman, he became the first junior to complete 200m under the 20s. Bolt won Austin Sealy again in 2004 CARIFTA Games. His medal tally was on a hold due to recurring injuries but under Glen Mills, he won Silver in Osaka World Championship which made him want more. From breaking Powell’s and Johnson’s record to winning 8 gold medals from 3 consecutive Olympics (’08, ’12 & ’16) to setting a 9.58s WR in 2009 Berlin World Championship, Usain had made history in whatever he did.

BOLTING ALL THE WAY

“To di World” he is a legend, but Usain is far too young in his head, an implication at his innocence. “When he talks about his childhood, he does so in the present tense,” Hattenstone was right in his analysis. Controversies around doping, his rivalry with Tyson Gay, declaring himself a legend, Bolt is truly a maverick personality. His actions on the track might seem unprofessional but his maturity and sense of responsibility are worthy of a legend. A special mention of his gesture of donating $50K dollars to earthquake-affected children in Sichuan, China (2008).  After retiring as a sprinter, he simply moved on to professional football, just like that, probably took him 9 seconds.

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