Is Usain Bolt the Most Outstanding Athlete in History? The World’s Fastest Man Has an Unrivaled Track Record

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the men’s 100-meter semifinal on Sunday.

To talk about speed nowadays is to talk about Usain Bolt, the Jamaican is the fastest man on the planet. It has been more than 6 years since Bolt shocked the whole world by stopping the clock in 9.58 seconds in the 100 meters. A stratospheric mark that no one has managed to even come close to for the moment. It happened at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, when Bolt was already a legend that had only just begun.

Usain stood out from the beginning, already achieving significant accomplishments in his youth. In 2002 he became World Youth Champion in the 200 meters and won a silver medal in the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays. However, it was at the World Championships in Osaka, already as a senior, when Bolt made himself known, winning silver in the 200m individual medley and in the 4 x 100m relay.

A year later, Bolt’s full explosion as an athlete took place. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he won no less than three gold medals, which also meant the world record in the 100 meters (9.69 s), in the 200 meters (19.30 s), and in the 4 x 100 relay (37.10 s). In days, Usain Bolt had just broken the all-time records.

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Usain Bolt world’s fastest man

A year later, and with the favorable conditions in Berlin, Bolt broke his own records again, making them even more unreachable. He stopped the clock in 9.58 seconds in the 100 meters and 19.19 seconds in the 200 meters. It was clear to everyone that only Bolt could beat himself at that moment.

Since then, Usain Bolt has only extended his legend. He has continued to win at the World Championships and the Olympic Games. He has never been beaten in the latter event and accumulated 9 gold medals.

Although comparisons are odious, many already point to him as the best athlete in history. What do you think?

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