“I Vomited Daily”: Usain Bolt Recalls Going Through Hell to Beat His Biggest Challenger

Published 12/16/2021, 10:00 AM EST
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


A born winner, Usain Bolt hated losing; his eight Olympic gold medal haul is unlikely to meet its successor. After the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 World Championships, he ruled the track and field with his charisma and talent. However, during the 2012 London Olympics trials, a certain Yohan Blake from Jamaica defeated him in both the 100 and the 200-meters races.

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This led to a shift in focus, as now Usain wanted to win the race at any cost. Heading into the 2012 Olympics, it was the first time that Usain was not the favorite for gold. Hence, training twice as hard, he reversed those concerns and put an end to all the naysayers.

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Usain Bolt reveals training methods

With Blake defeating him in both the races, Bolt decided to train harder for the ultimate win. Significantly, he spoke about having rigorous training, while putting his body through intense workouts and sprinting sessions. Bolt trained so hard that it even took a toll on his health.

“For the next month, the work I put in to make sure, I could silence all these doubters was just unbelievable. I vomited daily because I was pushing myself to the ultimate level,” said Bolt.

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, his hard work paid off as he won gold yet again and showed the world why he is the undisputed GOAT of athletics. The victory in London cemented his legacy as one of the best sprinters in the history of the sport.

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Bolt takes home gold

Arguably, the greatest 100-meter lineup the Olympics has produced, Bolt ran the race of his life. Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin, Yohan Blake, and Ryan Bailey were all present in a formidable lineup. But, with an extra ounce of energy and determination that took him past the finish line, he finished with a time of  9.63 seconds while Blake came third and Gatlin won bronze.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in 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 Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Winning the 200-meters and the 4 × 100-meter relay competition, he proved his doubters wrong and reclaimed his throne. Do you think Bolt’s records will ever be broken?

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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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