Olympic Legend Usain Bolt Recalls His ‘Untouchable’ 100m World Record

Published 08/17/2021, 11:41 AM EDT


The Olympic legend Usain Bolt watched his fellow Jamaican athletes compete at Tokyo Olympics. As much as his fans miss him, track and field star Bolt also misses the competition.

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During the mega-quadrennial event, Bolt was seen celebrating Jamaican women’s achievements. While Bolt is not competing anymore, he is still significant in the sport as he holds the world record.

Notably, Bolt’s 2009 world record in 100m and 200m is unbroken since 2009. While it’s one of the most iconic moments in sports history, it’s even more special for Bolt.

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Usain Bolt posts a throwback to his 100m record

The world of track and field has grown since 2009. Technology has updated everything, from the shoes to the tracks. However, the world record still stands in the same name, Usain Bolt.

At the 2009 IAAF World Championships, Jamaican sprinter created history. Bolt clocked the incredible time of 9.58 seconds in the 100-meter race.

Athletics fans around the world still cherish the historical day. Eight world’s best sprinters running together and within astonishing 10 seconds, the winner was decided. That’s what Bolt achieved back in 2009.

Remembering his untouchable achievement, Bolt shared the memory on his Twitter. Bolt posted with the caption, ” They say Lightning doesn’t strike twice. ” A line which was used by the commentator back then.

The lighting Bolt also created another world record at the same championship. In the 200 meter race, Bolt clocked the world record time of 19:30 seconds. Thus, Bolt changed the game of sprinting in 2009.

The Olympic legend with 8 medals

It will take someone double as incredible as Bolt’s speed to surpass his records in track and field. Usain Bolt first stepped on the Olympic track at the 2004 Athens Olympics. However, his performance was hampered by a leg injury.

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Bolt’s spotlight moment came in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as he clinched gold in 100m and 200m races. What’s even more incredible is that Bolt reduced his speed towards the end to celebrate.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4 x 100 meter Relay on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

At the 2012 London Olympics, the Jamaican sprinter was back and grabbed three golds. Bolt won the titles in 100m, 200m, and 400*100m relay races. He again successfully defended his titles in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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2016 was the great Usain Bolt’s last summer Olympic appearance. As the 32-year-old retired from track and field because of his injury. Albeit, Bolt is the most decorated athlete and shall remain so in the Olympics’ history because of his insane achievements.

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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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