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Usain Bolt dominated his sprinting events from 2008 till his retirement from the sport in 2017. Yet his retirement could not stop his name from emerging at every meet. It is due to his numerous accolades and one in particular.

In the time leading to the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, there were speculations among some people that someone may break the record this year at the meet. It stemmed from Fred Kerley clocking 9.76s in the semis at the recent USATF Outdoor Championships. Moreover, he was consistent in his performance to bag the gold in the final with a time of 9.77s.


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How did Usain Bolt get the message across?

In the months following his victory, people made a lot of fuss on social media platforms. Some people were sure that the young sprinter would break the long-standing world record at the Worlds. However, among this ever-growing banter, one person kept his quiet.

It was none other than Bolt himself. However, he was not giving in to these rumors, the fastest man alive was lying in wait for the right moment. And soon enough, the time came for him to have the last laugh.

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On July 16, Kerley clinched the gold in the 100m event. Moreover, it was a podium sweep for the US team, as Marvin Bracy-Williams and Trayvon Bromell secured the silver and bronze in the event. It marked the nation’s third sweep and a first in over two decades.

However, Kerley failed to come close to Bolt’s record, let alone break it. Following the race, the Jamaican sprinter took to Instagram and Twitter to share a hilarious post. The post featured a previous picture of the athlete shushing at the camera. And the caption read, “9:58.” Bolt did not say much in the caption, but the photo and the numerals spoke volumes.

The numerous achievements of the Lightning Bolt


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The sprinter started to break world records in 2008. That year he clipped 0.02s off compatriot Asafa Powell’s previous record time of 9.74s at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York. And it was the beginning for the man who became the Lightning Bolt in subsequent years.

That same year, Bolt improved his time by 0.05s, clocking an astonishing 9.69s to clinch gold at the Beijing Olympics. The athlete kept bettering his performances and breaking his world records until he perfected it to a 9:58s at the 2009 World Championships.


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It was a feat, the likes of which had not been witnessed by the world before. People were certain the record would hold for quite some time. And they were right to think so! The sprinter’s world record has stood the test of time for over a decade.