Olympic Legend Usain Bolt Hopes Children Can Continue Legacy on the Track

Published 10/19/2021, 1:47 AM EDT


The king of track and field, Usain Bolt retired back in 2017; however, no one has surpassed his glories to date. Naturally, the father of three wants his own kids to take his legacy forward.

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Usain Bolt has been holding the world record of the fastest man in 100m and 200m events for decades now. While some track and field stars came close, none have been able to break the records Bolt established in 2009.

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Usain Bolt hopes at least one of his kids takes up the sport

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist welcomed his first child in 2020 and twin sons in 2021. Bolt and his girlfriend, Kasi Bennett, named their daughter, Olympia Lightning Bolt. Moreover, they named their twin sons, Saint Leo and Thunder Bolt.

Wishing his kids live up to their name, quite literally, Bolt wants at least one of them to pursue a career in track and field. Usain said, “Well, I hope one of them does. And, I don’t know, but I would love any one of them to do track and field. But I won’t force anybody if they want to go in different directions. I would just support them.”

Bolt’s daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt just turned one this year. Notably, Bolt revealed Olympia already has sprinting tricks. “She is quick, and she is kind of smart because she likes to do her own thing, so she watches you until you turn your head, and then she just sprints off so that’s something I have learned about her now. So we have to really keep our eyes.”

Who came the closest to breaking Bolt’s world record?

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The only two male sprinters who came close to achieving what every sprinter in the world dreams of are Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake. In 2009, Tyson recorded a time of 9.69 seconds, whereas, in 2012, Yohan clocked the same time. However, none of them threatened Bolt’s unbroken 100m record of 9.58.

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

With the new-age sprinters and their dazzling pace, Bolt’s world records are in danger. Who are you backing to beat Bolt and make history?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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