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Are legends born or made? When they’re as awesome as Usain St Leo Bolt, who cares? The Jamaican speedster’s long strides and spectacular celebrations have been making people gasp and smile in equal measure ever since he burst onto the sprinting scene at the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships. Back then, he was an extremely tall 15-year-old with loads of potential. Now, he’s an extremely tall 29-year-old with stacks of world records, masses of medals, millions of social media followers and a world-famous pose. But the best bit? He isn’t anywhere near finished. So, as the great man prepares to unleash the Lightning Bolt pose after leaving his Olympics rivals in his dust once again, take a look back at his most awe-inspiring feats to date…

 

1. London 2012 Olympics

In the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics people were beginning to doubt Bolt’s ability. Not only had he relinquished his world 100m title to fellow countryman Yohan Blake, he’d also finished behind “The Beast” in the 100m and 200m at Jamaica’s Olympic trials. So was the great man finished? Was he heck. He silenced his critics with a series of dominating displays that saw him grab gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m for the second Olympics in a row. “I’m now a legend,” grinned the first man to do the double triple. Can he top this by completing the triple triple in Rio? Tune in this August to find out.

 

2. 2009 IAAF World Championships, Berlin

If you thought Bolt had reached his peak in Beijing, you were most definitely wrong. In Berlin the following summer, not only did the phenomenon run the 100m in 9.58 seconds to shatter his world record by a preposterous 0.11 seconds, he also destroyed his 200m mark by the same margin. “The world belongs to Bolt. Adjectives are inadequate. He writes his own history with every stride he takes,” declared one commentator after the 100m. Michael Johnson’s reaction? Silence. He was quite literally speechless.

 

3. Beijing 2008 Olympics

What the?! No matter how many times you watch the Men’s 100m final at the 2008 Olympics, it’s impossible to comprehend. Just how can someone win such a short race by such a large margin? Even Bolt didn’t have any idea. All he knew was that his world record of 9.69 seconds could have been faster – “I was slowing down long before the finish” – and that he still had the 200m and 4x100m to run. He won them both, obviously. The 200m in a world record 19.30 seconds and the 4x100m in a world record 37.10 seconds.

4. 2008 Reebok Grand Prix, New York

Could the world-class junior cut it in the senior ranks? You bet he could. On 31 May 2008, in just his fifth senior 100m race, Bolt announced himself on the global stage by storming to victory in a new world record time of 9.72 seconds. “I wasn’t looking for a world record but it was there for the taking,” shrugged the 21-year-old.

 

5. 2003 Pan-American Junior Championships, Bridgetown, Barbados

A year after becoming the youngest-ever IAAF World Junior Championship gold medallist, a 16-year-old Bolt won the Pan-American Junior Championship 200m in the mind-blowing time of 20.13 seconds. And yes, we do mean mind-blowing. For starters, it was the fastest time anyone of any age had clocked in the 200m in 2003. And then there was the fact that 200m legend Michael Johnson took until the age of 20 to clock such figures.