Usain Bolt is my idol, source of inspiration and role model. He is also a role model to millions of people from around the world! I’m not a Jamaican. Yet, his attitude, performances and jovial nature made me his fan!
He is a true champion. The records he set speaks volumes about his caliber and dominance on the track! Fans lovingly call him ‘lightning bolt’. His performances on the track certainly justify this title! He is regarded by many as the greatest sprinter of all time.
He holds World Records in 100m, 200, and 4x100m relay events. I call him the king of sprints! At his peak, he dominated the 100m, 200m and relay events. He was so good that nobody came close to him while finishing the race!
Bolt was born on 21 August, 1986 in Sherwood, Jamaica. As a child, Usain enjoyed playing cricket and football. He still professes his love for these games!
He used to perform well in sprint events in school meets. It gradually became evident that little Bolt possessed good sprinting potential.
While in high school, he used to focus mostly on cricket. He enjoyed the game and loved playing it. It was his cricket coach who suggested him to try athletics. Usain decided to give it a try. And the rest, as they say, is history!
Usain performed exceptionally well at sprint competitions held at high school level. He impressed his coach as well as spectators with his blazing speed and strength. He still had to polish his technique and discipline though.
He grabbed International attention with his performance in World Junior Championship, 2002. It was his breakthrough year. He announced his arrival at a big stage!
Despite his exploits on the track, young Usain was a cause of worry for his coach. He used to be a mischievous young boy. He used to eat whatever he could lay his hand on! He used to slow and wind down during practice sessions.
Surprisingly, he used to perform well on the track! Despite all of his indiscipline, carefree attitude and mischievous nature, he performed well on the track!
Once he turned pro, his attitude towards the game changed! He became very disciplined. This helped him achieve the level of greatness that we know him for!
His performances in Olympics is what we remember about him the most. He set the track on fire in 2008 Summer Olympics. In his impressive career, he took part in three Olympics – Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro.
Collectively, he has won eight Olympic Gold medals. Apart from that, he has won 11 World Championships (Gold). His impressive medal collection is a source of inspiration for budding athletes.
Young athletes look up to his as a role model. Hard work, perseverance, dedication and friendly attitude – these are the things I love in him.
Despite his retirement, the images of Bolt sprinting down the track will stay alive in my memory for years to come! He truly is a champion and my role model!