“I Ran Hard”- Olympic Legend Usain Bolt Chooses His Perfect Race

Published 10/06/2021, 1:15 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States to win gold and set a new world record of 36.84 during the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


Each time sports entities relieve iconic stories from their careers, it leaves fans astonished. Undoubtedly, throwing it back to some inspirational events helps fans learn a lot from them. In a similar instance, the sprinting legend, Usain Bolt, talked about his perfect race from his time on the track.

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The 35-year-old legend needs no introduction. Having won 8 Olympic golds and 11 World Championships, he’s one of the most decorated athletes of all time. With a dynamic personality, Bolt was never just about competing in his areas of expertise. Ever since he was a young aspiring athlete, he wanted to play for his favorite football club, Manchester United.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 16: Usain Bolt of Soccer Aid World XI walks on the pitch prior to the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2019 match between England and the Soccer Aid World XI at Stamford Bridge on June 16, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

This was Bolt’s perfect race

Surprisingly, Bolt opened up about a race that was perfect, according to him. “The closest I might say was my 200 meters in Beijing. Because it was a tough race and I feel like I ran hard,said Bolt.

Although he could not pursue football during his years of active running, he took it up later. Despite his stint with Borussia Dortmund not being a successful one, he captained World XI in the Soccer Aid and won 3-0 against England in an exciting match this year. Apart from football, he has also been a huge fan of cricket.

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Usain Bolt, a sprinting legend

The Olympics Games at Beijing were indeed remarkable for Bolt’s career. Notably, he won gold in the 100m as well as 200m race. Like he said, “That was the year I started training really hard and really started pushing myself. I got my technique in order that season, so it must be the closest I came to a perfect race.

In the following year, in Berlin, he made the current long-standing records in 100m as well as 200m during that tournament. His incredible record of 9.58 seconds in 100m and 19.19 seconds in 200m is yet to be broken.

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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)

Bolt has gained an immense amount of recognition and fame for all his hard work. Despite retiring in 2017, he continues to inspire people with his stories of grit, determination, and the success that came following.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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