The Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has become the most successful athlete in the history of the World Championship in Athletics. The 26-year-old won three gold medals in the recent tournament, triumphing in the 4x100 m, 100 m and 200 m. He now has a record total of 10 World Championship medals, eight of which are gold, just like the American sprint legends Carl Lewis and Allyson Felix. But Bolt has nudged Lewis and Felix past in the record books, having also won a pair of silver medals. The other two have a silver and a bronze.
Apart from his World Championship golds, the Jamaican sprinter is also a six-time Olympic champion. During his first appearance in the World Championship tournament in Osaka in 2007, he won two silvers in the 200 m and 4x100 m competitions. Since then, he has won only golds in all following World Championship tournaments in Berlin, Daegu and Moscow. In the current championship, he completed the 200 m race in 19.66 seconds and the 100 m in 9.77 seconds.
Considered the fastest man in the world and nicknamed the ‘Lightning Bolt’, he has broken a number of records so far.
He is the only individual to hold world records simultaneously in the 100 m and 200 m since automatic times became mandatory in 1977. He achieved his best performance in the 100 m category when he completed it in only 9.58 seconds in the World Championship in Berlin. The second fastest record in this category is also Bolt’s (9.63 seconds). He also shares the third best time recorded in 100 m with two other sprinters (9.69 seconds). During the Berlin World Championship in 2009, he also broke the record of the fastest in the 200 m category. He did this by clocking 19.19 seconds.