Born on the 21st of August, 1986, Jamican Usain Bolt dominated his competition in the Carifta Games and followed in the tradition of great Jamaican sprinters.
In 2001 at the Carifta Games in Barbados Bolt finished second in the 200m in the Under-17 Boys to Grafton Ifill III of The Bahamas. That was the last time that he lost a Carifta competition.
Bolt participated in The Bahamas in the 2002 Games where he captured both 200m and 400m in the Under-17 Division. His performance was so impressive, 21.12sec and 47.33sec.
It was in The Bahamas at those Carifta Games that Bolt got the nickname “Lightning”.
In preparation for the IAAF World Junior Championships Bolt won the Under-17 200m in 20.61sec and the 400m in 47.12sec.
At the IAAF World Championships in Kingston Bolt matched that performance of 20.61sec for the victory.
At the Carifta Games in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 2003 Bolt, running in the Under-20 Division, improved his 200m time to 20.43sec. His 400m time improved to 46.35sec. He won both events. For this he was named the Outstanding Athlete again, winning the Austin Sealy Award.
The Pan American Jr. Championships was held in Barbados and Bolt ran a sizzling 20.13sec to win.
At the IAAF Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada, in 2003 Bolt improved to 20.40sec for his victory.
At the Carifta Games in Bermuda in 2004 Bolt showed the crowd and the world just how good he was when he established a new World Junior record on 19.93sec. This was the first ever World Junior record set at the Carifta Games. Bolt received the Austin Sealy Award for this great performance.
At the Central American and Caribbean Sr. Championships in Nassau in 2005 Bolt won the 200m in====.
Two years later he won the Silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan in 19.91sec to American Tyson Gay.
That year he also ran 45.28sec for his best 200m.
In the Olympic year, 2008 Bolt added the 100m and set a new World record of 9.72sec in New York in May of that year.
In Beijing he improved to 9.69sec for the 100m, a new World record, and 19.30sec for the 200m, also a new World record.
He finished the Games participating in the 4x100m relay in which the Jamaicans established a new World record of 37.10sec, breaking the old record of 37.40sec set by the USA in Barcelona in 1992 and Stuttgart in 1993.
The year 2009 was even better. Bolt ran a stunning 9.58sec for the century and an outstanding 19.19sec for the 200m at the Berlin World Championships, breaking the World record by .11sec.
At the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea in 2011 Bolt did the unbelievable in the 100m. He false started and was ejected from the race, which was won by his teammate Yohan Blake who captured the event in 9.92sec.
Bolt made no mistake in the 200m and won easily in 19.40sec, subpar for him.
He anchored the Jamaican 4x100m relay team to a World record clocking of 37.04sec.
At the Jamaican Olympic Trials Blake upset his teammate in both 100m and 200m.
This was not to reoccur in London as Bolt got back on track, winning both 100m and 200m in 9.63sec for an Olympic record and 1932sec in the 200m.
Topping off a great Olympic Games where he became the first person in history to repeat a double in the 100m and 200m, Bolt anchored the Jamaican 4x100m relay team to a new World record of 36.84sec, the first time the race was run under 37 seconds.
The sky is the limit for “Lightning” Bolt.