Usain Bolt, the eight-time Olympic gold medalist, eleven-time World Champion and the fastest sprinter in the world, who is compared in athletics with the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, is the only sprinter to have won the Olympic gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4 x 100m relay for seven years in a row, except for the false start over 100m in 2011.
He has become a well-known name in many countries, having broken more records in his life than most other athletes. Since he announced his retirement after a hamstring injury at his last race in 2017, everyone has been wondering what Bolt has been doing. Here we glide through his career, his relationships and what he has done since his retirement.
Early Life & Humble Beginning
His full name is Usain St. Leo Bolt and he was born on August 21, 1986, in Sherwood Content, Jamaica, the son of Wellesley Bolt and Jennifer Bolt. He attended Waldensia Primary and initially did not take the sport seriously as an athlete as he preferred to play cricket or football. The coach of his cricket team advised him to try track and fortunately, he did.
By the age of twelve, Usain had become the best in the school for the 100m race, and in 2001 he won his first medal in the annual high school championship and took home a silver medal for the 200m race. Later that same year (2001), he won a silver medal in both the 400 and 200 meters at the CARIFTA Games with a record of 48.28 and 21.81 meters respectively.
Usain Bolt’s Career and Retirement
His first appearance on the world stage was at the 2001 IAAF Junior World Championships in Debrecen (Hungary), but he was unable to qualify for the 200m final. The following year, however, he won the Junior World Championships in the same track event and became the youngest ever to win a gold medal in the championship. 2003 ways to be an amazing year for the youngster, as he won not one but four gold medals at the CARIFTA Games to win the Austin Sealy Trophy for the Games’ most outstanding athlete. This was just the starting point as he continued to break and set records in consecutive CARIFTA Games.
After that time, Usain Bolt took a more serious, mature attitude towards his career as an athlete, and in 2009, at 9.58, he set an amazing record when he won his first gold medal at the World Championships. He also participated in the 200m finals and won them in a record time of 19.19 years.
He then built up further successes in the 100 m, 200 m and 4 x 100 m relays and won several more medals. The Jamaican retired as an athlete after the World Championships in London in August 2017. In the last race of his career, he suffered a hamstring injury just a few steps away from the final straight of the 4 x 100 m relay and finished this race with the help of his teammates to the cheers of the fans.
Is He Married Or Does He Have A Girlfriend or Fiancee?
For a man as famous as Usain Bolt, his private life is not private. He is currently unmarried, but he has dated a list of girls and had affairs with some of them. The girls he has been associated with include Holly Young, Jady Duarte, Nailah Dillard, April Jackson, Megan Edwards, Taneish Simpson, Rebeckah Passley, Lubica Kucerova and Mizicann Evans.
However, Usain Bolt has a relationship with Jamaican fashionista Kasi Bennett, the duo has been together for many years, they are currently engaged and plan to take their relationship to the next level, so we may soon hear wedding bells ringing.
What Has Bolt Been Up To Since Retirement?
After his retirement, Bolt did not consider a return to athletics but tried to become a professional footballer and try out his newfound passion. In August 2018 he joined the Australian football club Central Coast Mariners. His time with the club was short-lived, as it was barely three months before he left the club because he could not be paid.
Before he left the team, Bolt had scored two goals in a friendly match, which marked the beginning of his professional football career. He celebrated every goal with his trademark To Di World flash pose.
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A great day as the Usain Bolt Foundation refurbishes Granville Primary School ground and hand over computers to Albert Town Primary, Spring Garden Primary, Duanvale Primary, Waldensia Primary, Bellevue Primary, Falmouth All Age and the Granville Primary & Infant.. Thanks @microsoftuk @digiceljamaica for all the support
Currently, the former gold medalist is trying out new business opportunities – in 2018 he co-founded a company called Bolt Mobility, which rents environmentally-friendly electric scooters via an app over other mobility devices. In 2019, Usain tried to release titles by Jamaican dancehall artists as a music producer. Bolt is currently an ambassador for several international brands and has also supported athletes, especially in his country.