“Never Gone Past 800m”: Usain Bolt Makes a Shocking Revelation on His Career

Published 10/30/2021, 10:27 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)


Usain Bolt, the world record holder of 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, has a lot about him that’s still not very widely known. Perhaps the greatest athlete of all time, the Jamaican has never failed to impress the world with his talent. Having won 8 Olympic golds and 11 world championships, his feats serve as a source of inspiration to thousands.

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Even though the news of him retiring from the sport was upsetting, Bolt never stopped chasing his other passions. As one of the dedicated Manchester United fans, he too dreamt of playing for the club. But because he couldn’t, the former Olympian translated his love of football for a noble cause and captained World XI in the Soccer Aid 2020. His side beat England by 3-0, which further proved that more than a legendary sprinter, he’s also a great leader.

But there’s much more to his life’s revelations.

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Has Bolt ever run a mile?

Bolt has always participated and dominated in short sprinting events. He never really gave a serious shot to the long distances. In a recent talk show, the 35-YO revealed something very surprising on the same lines. The interviewer, Mr Cat enquired, “The story that I read, you’ve never run a mile, right? You’ve never run the distance of a mile. That’s awesome. So, what’s the longest you’ve run?

In response to which he agreed, “I mean, I’ve gone to 800 meters just in training, just for work, but I’ve never gone past 800 meters. I think they forced me to do it, I didn’t want to.

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)

Clearly, he has never been a fan of lengthy distances. After having established a solid niche in his area of expertise, he probably did not wish to step out of that and run beyond 800m, as it appeared.

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Before saying goodbye to the sport, the famously known ‘Lightening Bolt‘ gained a number of remarkable achievements. A few of them are IAAF Athlete of the Year (six times), Best Track and Field Athlete of the Year ESPY (2010), and BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year (2008, 2009, 2012) awards. In addition to these feats, the fact that no other athlete has yet been successful at breaking his world records is a huge victory in itself.

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But, when Mr Cat further asked, “Wait, so not even a jog? You’ve never run a jog mile or two miles?”

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)

Usain Bolt’s answer was, “I’ve tried, but my calf… I have scoliosis, I have really bad scoliosis. So, when I run for long distances, my back gets tight, and then it’s like, yeah. So, I avoid running the long distances in track. But when I was younger, I did do one, five-mile run. And again, they forced me to do it.”

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Every athlete has a unique way to train and perform. Clearly, for Bolt, running long distances was never a part of either. No wonder he’s still the fastest man alive.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate 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 in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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