“Anything Is Possible”- Legendary Sprinter Usain Bolt Sends an Encouraging Message to Paralympic Gold Medalist Thomas Young

Published 09/02/2021, 12:13 PM EDT
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt gestures in a news conference during an event arranged by his sponsors in Mexico City, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


The track of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 sorely missed the athletics legend, Usain Bolt. The Jamaican star had retired in 2019 after a record-breaking Olympic career with 8 gold medals. While Usain might not be on the field anymore, his records are still unbroken since 2009. Usain’s speed and dominance on the field is an inspiration for the new generation of sprinters.

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Not just Olympians, but Paralympians also idolize Usain Bolt and his lightning speed. Paralympians have been competing at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics 2020 showcasing their abilities and determination to win.

Usain Bolt replies to Paralympian Thomas Young

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21-year-old British sprinter Thomas Young competed at his maiden Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He clinched the gold medal in the 100m T38 event. Thomas achieved this glory by clocking a time of 10.94 seconds.

Young suffers from neurofibromatosis type 1, which affects his coordination and balance. Despite his disability, Thomas is unstoppable and aspires to even break Usain Bolt’s record.

Thomas tweeted about his admiration for Bolt and desire to achieve what Bolt has. The gold medalist posted, I absolutely idolise @usainbolt & simply aspire to achieve what my hero has!” Notably, Bolt has always been supportive and encouraging towards Paralympians and replied to Thomas. Usain tweeted, Anything is Possible Don’t think Limit.”

Usain helped Paralympic athlete as her guide

In 2015, Usain Bolt ran as a guide for Paralympic champion Terezinha Guilhermina. Brazil’s three-time champion Guilhermina was competing in the 50m sprint race as Olympic legend Bolt helped her.

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Guilhermina, later on, revealed that it was a dream come true for her. Bolt was also competing in the Mano a Mano event in Brazil before Rio Olympics 2016.

BEIJING – AUGUST 20: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after breaking the world record with a time of 19.30 to win the gold medal in the Men’s 200m Final ahead of Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles Brian Dzingai of Zimbabwe and Shawn Crawford of the United States at the National Stadium during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Interestingly, Brazilian sprinter Petrucio Ferreira is the Usain Bolt of the Paralympics. In 2016, Petrucio bagged four Olympic medals: two gold and two silver. The Usain Bolt of Paralympics has already defended his 100m T47 event title at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Petrucio Ferreira will now compete in the men’s 400m T47 event.

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World record holder Bolt’s message, and encouragement for Paralympics is motivating for them. The Paralympians are producing some terrific performances in Tokyo.

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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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