4 Years After Retirement, Usain Bolt Finally Reveals Why He Lost His Last Race

Published 10/27/2021, 3:04 PM EDT
BEIJING – AUGUST 15: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men’s 100m Heats at the National Stadium on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15, 2008 in Beijing, China. Usain Bolt of Jamaica finished the event in first place with a time of 9.92. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)


The legacy of Usain Bolt is written in stone in Olympics’ history. Bolt has an astonishing 8 Olympic gold medals to his name, apart from holding the World Record in both the 100m and 200m races.

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The legendary athlete is still going strong after his retirement as he released an album named ‘Country Yutes’. It has topped the reggae charts and is doing well. Bolt’s last race of his career has been a weird blot on his career as the Olympic champion surprisingly lost. However, in a recent interview, he revealed the reason behind it.

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Usain Bolt reveals he had an injury during his last race

During an interview, Bolt spoke about the troubles he faced during his last race in his career. As an elite sprinter, it is important to note that he focused on his mental side, as well as his physical side. He recently revealed how an injury dampened his hopes of winning a medal in his last race.

“The only thing that can really mess with me mentally is if I’m not in good shape,” said Bolt about a foot injury which kept him from winning.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts as he wins the Olympic mens 200m final in a new world record time in the Birds Nest stadium, Beijing on August 20th 2008 in Beijing, China (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images). An image from the book “In The Moment” published June 2012

Thus, Bolt could not win his last race. The world record holder took part in the 4×100-meter relay at the IAAF World Championships four years back. But, his injury came at a time which was not expected.

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Bolt talks about his last race

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The sprinter pulled up in the race and finished the race by walking across the finish line. He spoke about the injury back then and revealed how it hurt his chances in the race.

“Sadly I have a tear of the proximal myotendinous junction of biceps femoris in my left hamstring with partial retraction. 3 months rehab. I don’t usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured,” said Bolt.

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)

The legendary sprinter then retired with 14 World Championship medals. His legacy is intact amongst the greats of the sport. Thus, Bolt’s injury prevented him from winning the race. Who knows what could have happened if he was still fit!

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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