Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist, has now held the 100-meter sprint world record for the longest period in the competition’s history: 14 years, 8 months, and 22 days.

He established this record on August 16, 2009, in the final of the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin with a time of 9.58 seconds. This outcome was faster than the previous record held by American Jim Hines.

In an interview, Bolt, who is currently retired from competitive track and field, said he was “not worried” that his records in the 100- and 200-meter sprints would fall any time soon.

Bolt on his record

His 100-meter and 200-meter world records, which he achieved in 2009 at the World Championships, were 9.58 and 19.19 seconds. Admittedly, Bolt expressed that he still enjoys the title of being the fastest man ever. He said in a World Athletics interview: “It’s a great title to have… It’s something that I enjoy hearing and I enjoy knowing.”

After setting the 100-meter record in May 2008, Bolt broke the record twice —in August 2008 and in Berlin exactly a year later, with a record time of 9.58.

In recent news, Bolt suggested that World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and himself compete in a charity race. He also expressed his admiration to the football player. After declaring retirement from athletics in 2017, Bolt explored the wonders of football, playing for a while with the Central Coast Mariners of Australia. Read more here.

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Source: Running Magazine

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