The men’s 100 meters at the Olympics just won’t be the same without Usain Bolt.
The legendary sprinter has won gold at three consecutive Olympic Games – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 – breaking records and making history in the process.
Bolt retired from athletics after the 2017 World Championships, where he won bronze in his last 100m solo race, but then stopped in his last competition in the relay final. 4×100 m.
After turning down a wheelchair, he limped across the finish line alongside his teammates – but, despite his legendary career that ended in heartache, Bolt will remain one of the track’s biggest contenders. .
The Jamaican made a name for himself at the age of 21 at the Beijing Olympics when he set a new world record – 9.69 seconds – in the men’s 100m.
It was an even more impressive feat considering he did it with his laces untied!
Bolt finished so far from his rivals that he pumped his chest out as he crossed the finish line and had he not done so, a better final time would have been recorded.
While in Beijing, Bolt revealed that he was fueled by CHICKEN NUGGETS because he thought Chinese food tasted “weird”.
In his autobiography, Faster than Lightning, Bolt wrote, “At first I ate a box of 20 for lunch, then another for dinner.
“The next day, I had two boxes for breakfast, one for lunch and another for a couple in the evening. I even had fries and an apple pie to go with it.
Bolt estimated he ate 1,000 McDonald’s chicken nuggets during the Beijing Olympics.
So it’s a good thing they’re free, with a McDonald’s restaurant in the Olympic Village serving free food for the athletes.
The 34-year-old made history once again a year later when he set another record in the men’s 100m with a time of 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships.
In addition to his three Olympic victories in the 100m, Bolt has also won three gold medals in the 200m races – he is the only sprinter to win gold in both distances in three consecutive Games.
He also won two gold medals in the 4x100m relay and holds the world record in all three disciplines.
No wonder he is considered one of the greatest Olympians in history.
Today Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley and Ronnie Baker of the United States, Andre de Grasse of Canada, Akani Simbine of South Africa and fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake are serious contenders for the Bolt 100m crown.
Track and field events at the Tokyo Games are in full swing this weekend, with the men’s 100m to which all fans will be tuned in and where a new world star can emerge.
Preliminary races took place on Saturday, before the final takes place a day later on Sunday where a new gold medalist will be crowned.
And the athletes involved will surely be grateful that they don’t have a bonus Bolts to hunt.
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