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Usain Bolt

The fastest man on earth, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is a nine-time Olympic champion and a global sporting icon.

He achieved the unprecedented feat of winning an astonishing triple of three sprinting golds at three consecutive Games, starting at Beijing 2008 and then repeating his success at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

But he is renowned and adored as much for his showmanship, charisma and laidback approach as for his phenomenal achievements on the track.

Bolt was the first to accomplish the "double double" of winning the 100m and 200m titles at successive Games and he surpassed this with the first "double triple" with success in both 4×100m relays.

At the London Games Bolt became the first track athlete to win three Olympic gold medals at two consecutive Games. And he made it a "treble triple" by anchoring the Jamaica team to victory in the relay at Rio 2016 - in what is scheduled to be his last Games appearance.

But Bolt's record-breaking is not just restricted to the biggest show on earth. He is also the first male to hold both the 100m and 200m world records at the same time since fully automatic timing in 1977.

An 11-time senior world champion, Bolt’s first international competition on the world stage was the 2001 World Youth Championships, but he first came to international attention by winning the 200m at the 2002 World Junior Championships, adding the World Youth title over 200m in 2003.

Following his breakthrough in Beijing Bolt started to dominate the World Championships, winning every single gold medal in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 - except for the 2011 title in the 100m when he false started and was disqualified.

Bolt broke countryman Asafa Powell’s world record of 9.74 seconds, when he ran 9.72 seconds in 2008, then twice broke his own world record with times of 9.69 seconds, and 9.58 seconds in 2009.

In the 200m Bolt broke Johnson’s 200m world record, running 19.30 seconds in the Olympic Games Final in Beijing and he broke his own world mark by running 19.19 seconds in Berlin at the 2009 World Championships.

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Usain Bolt at 17

Usain Bolt is the greatest sprinter ever but as a hyperactive teenager in Sherwood Content in Jamaica he was not yet plotting Olympic glory.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks back at Andre De Grasse of Canada as they compete in a semifinal of the men's 100m at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

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