Usain Bolt sprinted past Carl Lewis into the world track championship record book by completing a triple gold-medal performance Sunday(Aug 18,2013) in Moscow while anchoring Jamaica to victory in the 400-meter relay.
About Usain Bolt
Usain St. Leo Bolt born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican sprinter widely regarded as the fastest person ever. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Along with his teammates, he also set the world record in the 4×100 metres relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and an eight-time World champion. He was the first to achieve a “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012), and topped this through the first “double triple” (including 4×100 m relays).
Although he’s more famous as a 100 m undisputed champion (and hence, the world’s fastest man), Bolt is actually a more accomplished 200 m runner. While he hadn’t won any significant 100 m title prior to the 2008 Olympics, he had already bagged numerous crowns in the 200 m event at the youth, junior and senior levels before gaining worldwide popularity with his sprint double victory at the Beijing Games. Further, at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Bolt completed a hat-trick of 200 m World titles by winning his 3rd straight gold in the event. His 2009 record breaking margin for 100 m, from 9.69 seconds (his own previous world record) to 9.58, is the highest since the start of fully automatic time measurements.
His achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname “Lightning Bolt”, and awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus Sportsman of the Year (three times). He is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field. He has been called the world’s most marketable athlete. By bagging 3 gold medals at the 2013 World Championships, Bolt became the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the prestigious world championships.