“The Ladies Are Really Quiet And Chill”- Usain Bolt Believes Track Needs A Big “Personality” To Get Popular Again

Published 09/11/2021, 10:54 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)


Usain Bolt, the Jamaican world record holder, has said that track and field needs to have a “personality” for it to be popular again. The competition in women’s sprinting is intense between the Jamaican trio of Jackson, Thompson-Herah, and Fraser-Pryce. Bolt believes that an entertaining personality, like himself, in women’s racing would elevate the status of the sport.

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Bolt is one of the most decorated Olympians of all time. The Jamaican is the record holder in the 100m and the 200m races. He’s also widely regarded as the men’s sprinting GOAT.

BEIJING, CHINA – AUGUST 27: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the Men’s 200 metres final during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Along with his incredible performances on the track, Bolt is also known for his charming and electric personality. The now-retired athlete also recently released a reggae music album which has been doing incredibly well for itself.

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What does Usain Bolt think athletics is missing?

The Jamaican trio of Elaine Thompsone-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Shericka Jackson, made their country proud by creating history at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. They managed the clean sweep in the 100m race and are performing at the absolute peak of their abilities. While the competition is fierce and intense, Bolt believes it could use a little more spice.

Being one of the most promising and renowned personalities sailing from Jamaica, he said, “They’re really keeping the sport exciting. All we need is a personality — most of the ladies are really quiet and chill. What’s missing is the performance that I always put on that people really love.”

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Bolt has praised the American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson in the past for her fiery personality. Regardless of their reserved off-pitch demeanor, there’s no doubt that the Jamaican trio of sprinters are doing wonders in the sport.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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