How Old Was Usain Bolt When He Clocked the World’s Fastest Time in 200M?

Published 05/02/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 18: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after he wins Gold in the final of the Men’s 200m on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Usain Bolt is one of the most iconic legends of track and field. Bolt completely changed the game when it came to athletics. Athletes today look up to him with admiration and respect. The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt’s name, is familiar to all.

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Usain Bolt took up sprinting from a small age. In fact, it was his cricket coach who spotted young Bolt’s talent for sprinting and asked him to try athletics. This young boy would go on to become Jamaica’s pride in the world and one of the GOATs of the Olympics.

However, it’s not the Olympics but his record from the IAAF World Championships 2009, which remains untouched. Bolt holds the record for the fastest 200m ever. This record was clocked by him back in 2011.

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At the 2009 IAAF World Championships, Bolt was the one to watch out for. He was in the prime of his career and was running at speeds never seen before. The Championships were held in Berlin, Germany.

Here, Bolt would go on to give the best performances of his career. By clocking a time of 9.58 seconds, he won the 100m and made a new World Record. But this was not it. He went ahead to win the 200m as well, clocking a phenomenal timing of 19.19 seconds. Both of these timings became World Records.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after he wins gold during the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Notably, he was just 22 years of age. The athlete was one of the youngest out there, yet he was the fastest. The world records made by him stand to date and have remained untouched.

Bolt holds the record for both the fastest time in 200m, as well as the 3rd fastest time in the 200m. Both these records feature in the top 3, 200m in history, with Yohan Blake grabbing the second position.

18-year-old out there to break Usain Bolt’s long-standing record?

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton has come super close to beating Bolt’s record. The young athlete clocked a phenomenal timing of 19.49 seconds at the LSU Invitational. Notably, this is the 4th fastest time in 200m history.

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Fans are of the opinion that this young athlete has the potential to beat Usain Bolt’s 13-year-old record. More importantly, Erriyon is just 18 years of age. He broke his own U20 World Record to clock this new timing.

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The sprinter has set himself the task of breaking the World Record. However, to beat Usain Bolt’s long-standing record is no easy feat, and only time will tell whether or not Knighton achieves this.

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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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