Olympic Legend Usain Bolt to Make Brief Return to Track

Published 09/25/2021, 1:50 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after competing in the Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay heats during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)


Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt retired from track and field in 2017 after a rewarding career. Even after his retirement, his dominance still exists in the field. The GOAT still holds the world records in the 100m and 200m events that he had established back in 2009.

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Usain has no plans of returning to the field competitively. However, he will make a brief comeback on the field for the Vitality Running World Cup 2021. Interestingly, it’s open for anyone around the world and started on the 21st of September and the finals will be held between 5th to 10th October 2021.

Usain Bolt, captain of team Jamaica

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The Vitality Running World Cup is an opportunity for anyone around the world to represent their country, despite their athletic skills. Vitality and UNICEF have partnered for this running event to promote running. Interestingly, there is no particular venue for the event, as it’s a digital race.

Olympic legend Usain Bolt announced his captaincy for team Jamaica for the event on his social media. He also urged people to join his team, an opportunity no Jamaican fan would want to miss. Bolt was also the captain of team Jamaica at Vitality World Cup 2020.

Soccer Football – Soccer Aid 2021 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – September 4, 2021 World XI’s Usain Bolt with medal celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Bolt, wrote on Instagram, It’s official, I’m the Captain of Team Jamaica in the Running World Cup once again! Come join me in my exclusive Usain Bolt Running Team. Big shout out to some of my fellow Captains around the world, let’s go,”

Three stages for the Vitality Running World Cup 2021

As the event is open for all, anyone can register for the event and represent their country. The first stage is the qualifiers, where the participants have to at least run 3kms for 30 minutes for the qualifying period of 7 days. Everything from results to points is recorded on the official app of the event.

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The scoring system accords to the country’s population and distance covered. So the total number of kilometers run is divided by a country’s population and then the ranking is done. To reach the top positions, a country needs to either have more participants or the number of kilometers run.

After the qualifying week, only the top 16 countries enter the semi-finals for knockouts. And then the top countries reach the final stage which will be held from 5th to 10th October.

In 2020, over 180 countries took part in the global running event. Apart from the legend himself, some other track and field stars are also serving as the captains for their nations. Some popular names are Wayde van Niekerk as the captain of South Africa and Jessica Ennis Hill as the captain of UK.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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