Usain Bolt is the fastest man over 100 meters in the history of planet Earth.
Between 2008 and 2009, the Jamaican icon broke the men’s 100m world record three times, with an unbeaten final time of 9.58 seconds to date.
Bolt first broke compatriot Asafa Powell’s world record of 9.74 when he was just 21.
In May 2008, he posted a time of 9.72, which he then beat again and improved to 9.69 at the 2008 Olympics three months later.
Yet it was at the age of 22, on a night in Berlin in August 2009, that Bolt achieved his greatest performance of all time.
Bolt, Powell and previous 2007 winner American Tyson Gay made it to the World Championship final, where the stars performed.
Bolt entered as the world record holder, Powell as the former world record holder and Gay as the US record holder.
In reality, the race was seen as a duel between Bolt and Gay, with Powell not supposed to compete with the top two.
As always before the race, Bolt was relaxed and dancing during the introductions.
His typical carefree style hadn’t failed him before and wasn’t going to do it this time around.
Berlin’s Olympic Stadium – which hosted Jesse Owens’ legendary triumph over Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics – fell silent as the sprinters took position.
When the starting pistol shot fired, Bolt and Gay did well, but were unexpectedly joined by Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuda who also had a great start.
From that point on, it was a one-man race.
Bolt started to pull away halfway through and extended his lead further and further as he reached top speed.
By the time they reached the finish, the Jamaican was more than a step ahead of the American in second place, with Powell rising to finish third.
Bolt didn’t even dive for the finish, but the crowd nonetheless erupted as a time of 9:58 am displayed on screens around the track.
The lead race commentator didn’t seem to realize this at first when he read the order of arrivals crossing the line before his co-commentator interrupted him by shouting, “9.58! Breaking the world record is incredible! He did it again.
Bolt looked back to see his time, then continued to run around the track to celebrate.
Desperate photographers tried to follow him but, of course, struggled to do so.
He eventually stopped to pick up a Jamaican flag from the crowd as his celebrations continued.
As the other times rolled in, it was revealed that Gay broke his own US record with a 9.71.
Either way, he was still comfortably beaten in a time that remains the world record to this day, and may well do so for many years to come.