Usain Bolt has confirmed legendary status after pulling off the first ever triple-treble.
Bolt received the baton with the U.S, Canada and Japan all relatively close but as the big man hit his stride the gap kept growing and growing and growing. This marked his 9th Olympic gold, an unprecedented record for any sprinter from day dot.
The Olympics are a platform for the best in the world to compete in various events. But it’s hard to say that there has been any competition for the man affectionately known as ‘Lightning Bolt’. Usain Bolt has swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in each of the past three Olympics. He set the world record in the 100m in Berlin (2009) at 9.58s, the 200m at the same event at 19.19s and 36.84s with his Jamaican teammates at the London 2012 Olympics. As the man himself would put it “I’ve proven to the world I’m the greatest, I can’t prove anything else”.
Bolt has had a knack of celebrating long before he reaches the finish line. Can you blame him though, by the time the pack hits the 80m line Bolt is almost finished the race. He is a next level specimen. If it wasn’t for his own showmanship, Bolt could have shattered his personal bests to even faster times.
Australian photographer, Cameron Spencer, captured the above photo of Bolt in the 100m final. Whilst the pack behind him are pushing themselves to their absolute limits in an attempt to achieve historic glory, Bolt takes the time to shoot a smile to the cameras.
Bolt’s fun-loving attitude has helped us all love a bit of the Bolt. Jamaicans are known for their own natural swagger but what Bolt does is take that swagger to another level, with his pre race dances, showmanship before the finish line, his trademark pose and overall playful nature.
Bolt alone has stoked up a massive interest in men’s athletics on a global scale, and the big man isn’t afraid to let you know as much. Never lacking confidence, Bolt boldly proclaimed that “I’ve made the sport exciting, I’ve made people want to see the sport, and I’ve made people want to watch the sport. I’ve put the sport on a different level”.
With his legacy now cemented in the history books on par with some of the greats such as Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan, many wonder what will become of Usain Bolt. Will he return to the track? Or will he go out on top like the true champion he is? Whatever he decides, Bolt has given this generation an idol and stories to pass down to the next generation. We have all been blessed to witness the man who is far and away the fastest man alive.