Usain Bolt is famous for being one of the fastest humans in history. He is a world-renowned Jamaican former sprinter and a world record holder in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 × 100 meters relay. Owing to his numerous achievements and dominance in sprint competitions, he is widely considered the greatest sprinter of all time.
Right on this page, we have penned down important details such as Usain Bolt net worth, biography and career highlights, personal life, and many more details about the “Lightening Bolt” as he is famously called by his dear fans.
Usain Bolt’s Early Life
Usain St Leo Bolt was born to Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt on 21st August 1986 in Sherwood Content, Jamaica. He was one of the 3 children of his parents who managed to make ends meet by managing a small shop where mostly grocery was sold. He was enrolled in Waldensia Primary School for his primary education. The young bolt was known for being a good sprinter as a pupil and even won many 10-meter race contests.
At the completion of his primary education, Usain Bolt moved to William Knibb Memorial High School. In high school, he began participating actively in sports, especially in the game of cricket. His cricket coach felt that the young, fast Usain would do better in athletics than in crickets, so he encouraged him to try running.
Soon, the young lad participated in his school’s 200 meters racing event, which he completed in a matter of just 22.04 seconds. Soon after, Bolt was fortunate to be coached by former sprinter Pablo McNeil, who had previously participated in Olympics.
Professional Life & Career
Usain Bolt’s professional life as a runner took off with a major international sporting event, the 2001 ‘IAAF World Youth Championship’, in the Hungarian city of Debrecen. Although he failed to win in the 200m qualifier event, he managed to complete the event in 21.73 seconds, his personal best at that time.
He then proceeded to participate in the ‘2002 World Junior Championships held at Kingston, Jamaica. In the events, bolt managed to win the 200-meter race by completing it in just 20.61 seconds.
He began making waves in the world of sports by performing extraordinarily in the ‘2003 CARIFTA Games event. At this time, Usain Bolt’s fame & fortune started to accumulate the more he won races and prizes.
The year 2004 was one of the most eventful years of Usain Bolt’s career. In that year alone, he participated in three events – the ‘2004 World Junior Championships, the ‘2004 CARIFTA Games, and the ‘2004 Athens Olympics’.
Although he received much applause for his remarkable performance in the game events of CARIFTA, he suffered an injury that made him not perform well in the 200m Olympic qualifier event.
In 2005, he teamed up with new coach Glen Mills who tried all that was possible to make Usain more professional. Under the mentorship of his new coach, Usain Bolt registered a win in a 200m contest, where he finished in just 19.99 seconds.
In the same year 2005, the rising athletic star participated in the ‘2005 World Championships event. Although he fared better than he did in the previous year, he hurt his hamstring which led to him being ruled out of the ‘2006 Commonwealth Games. The remainder of the year was relatively sour for him in terms of his career, but he came out victorious in the ‘IAAF World Athletics Final’ event which took place in Germany that year.
In 2007, Usain Bolt traveled to Osaka, in Japan, for the ‘2007 World Championship’. Although he managed to complete the 200m event in 19.96 seconds, his performance was surpassed by his contemporary, Tyson Gay, with an exceptional 19.76 seconds feat.
Usain Bolt’s fame started to grow in leaps and bounds when he achieved path-breaking success by winning the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics 100m final, by finishing the race in 9.69 seconds, and eventually becoming a world-renowned icon. He also won the 200m final with an Olympic record of 19.30 seconds. His third gold medal at the 2008 Olympics was won in the 4x100m relay.
At the 2009 Berlin World Championships, Bolt created world records in both the 200m and 100m events. Due to a false start at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, he was eliminated from the 100m finals, but he came back fiercely to win a gold medal in the 200m with a new timing of 19.40 seconds. His partnership with his Jamaican teammates paid off as they set a world record of 37.04 seconds in the 4x100m relays.
He created history when he participated in the ‘2012 Summer Olympics’ as he became the first man in history to successfully defend both the 200m and 100m Olympic sprint titles. In addition, he won the 4x100m relay race and also achieved the ‘Double Triple’, increasing his overall Olympics medal number to 6 gold medals.
At the World Championships in Moscow the following year, he once again emerged winner of the 100m and 200m, with the timing of 9.77 seconds and 19.66 seconds, respectively. He won the gold medal in the final of the 4×100 meters relay and emerged as the most successful athlete in the thirty-year history of the world championships.
At the 2015 Beijing World Championships, “the fastest man alive” as he was named at that time, won the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay race once again, with the timings of 9.79 seconds, 19.55 seconds, and 37.36 seconds, respectively.
He joined Maurice Greene and Carl Lewis on a record three 100m world titles and also recorded his 4th consecutive win over 200m in the World Championships. The following year at the Rio Olympics, he once again collected gold medals in all three events and increased his Olympics medal tally to 9 gold medals.
In 2017, Usain Bolt announced his retirement from the sport after achieving much success to the best of his capabilities.
Apart from running, Usain Bolt loved other sports such as playing football and cricket. He has revealed that one of his favorite childhood memories was the days he spent playing football and cricket with his brother Sadiki.
He is a self-confessed football freak, who supports the English Premier League side ‘Manchester United. After his retirement from running, he spent 8 weeks of the 2018 football season in Australia as a player for A-League club Central Coast Mariners, before rounding off his sporting life.
Awards and Achievements
Usain “lightening” Bolt has participated in 4 Olympics Games, winning a total of 9 gold medals. He has claimed 19 Guinness World Records. After professional swimmer Michael Phelps, he (Bolt) holds the second-highest number of accumulative Guinness World Records for the total number of victories and accomplishments in the sport.
Usain Bolt’s first honor came as a silver medal in 2001, during a championship he participated in while in school. In the same year, he won another silver medal in the ‘CARIFTA Games’, before securing a gold medal in the ‘2002 World Junior Championships, as the youngest person to win the honor.
Completing the 2003 CARIFTA games with four gold medals was an incredible feat for the young star, who at this stage, probably couldn’t guess that there are greater heights that he could achieve. He performed phenomenally in the ‘2008 Summer Olympics’ to win his first gold medal, and got another gold medal in the 2009 ‘World Championships.
In 2012, Usain Bolt continued his winning spree at the Olympics as he won a gold medal again, and by 2016, he has won 9 Olympic gold medals in four Olympic seasons.
Usain Bolt Net Worth
The rich, elegant Usain Bolt is most famous as a sprinter, no doubt. He has made a lot of wealth from his career as a professional athlete, but there are several other ventures which contribute to his net worth.
Every year, he receives income from his sponsorships and advertising work with many top brands including the likes of Gatorade and Puma. He is also the co-founder of an electric scooter company named Bolt Mobility. In 2019, he became a music producer, adding to his list of profitable ventures.
Usain Bolt net worth drew from his career as a sprinter and entrepreneur, as well as every other endeavor, is a total of $90 million.
There are currently no known records of relationships, marriages, or children associated with Usain Bolt, as he likes to privatize his life off the tracks.