‘He was Always Ready’: Usain Bolt Chooses his Toughest Rival

Published 12/27/2021, 2:33 PM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Justin Gatlin of the United States is congratulated by Usain Bolt of Jamaica following his win in the Men’s 100 metres final in 9.92 seconds during day two of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)


Attracted towards sprinting from a very young age, the star athlete Usain Bolt achieved more than he ever imagined. His dream to become the fastest came true in the 2009 World Championships, where he broke the world record.

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Bolt’s world record is still unbeaten, and no athlete has even gotten close to that time yet. Bolt has been challenged several times by different top-notch athletes to prove his title. While the legend is an inspiration to many, he has had his own share of rivals.

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Bolt is considered a rival by many, but it will be interesting to know who was the legend considers his toughest rival.

Bolt reveals his toughest rival in the sport

Bolt overcame many athletes like him, who had the same dream as his. Bolt, out of all the excellent sprinters, achieved the title of being the fastest.

In a recent interview, the athlete revealed the name of his toughest rival amongst all other sprinters. Bolt considers Justin Gatlin to be the toughest rival in his entire journey as an athlete. According to him, it’s Gatlin’s mental preparation and attitude towards the competition that makes him different.

Justin Gatlin for me was my toughest rival. I think because mentally he was always there. He’s always ready to go and he has proven himself to be a championship person,said the eleven-time World Champion, Bolt.

Usain Bolt enjoyed competing with Gatlin and considers it a fun experience.

“I think he was one of my toughest rivals that I ever had and I really enjoyed it. It was fun.”

Furthermore, Bolt had fun dealing with the competition and fire they had between each other. It made the game a little more interesting.

Usain Bolt decided to stay away from social media

Bolt had a rough childhood, despite which he kept on trying to reach the peak and put his country on the map. The Jamaican star, who always stays cheerful and positive, did not wish to engage with the negativity on social media.

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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)

“I was doing well but the transition to professional, it kind of broke up because I started getting injured … then online and people would see you and say, ‘Oh, you’re not going to make it anymore. You’re done. That’s it,‘” said the athlete.

Not everyone can handle the negativity and the judgmental views people pass over the internet. But fortunately, Bolt found his way to deal with those and decided to stay away from social media.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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