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Discovering the source of Usain 'lightning' Bolt


Wed 07 Mar 12: Prince Harry "raced" Usain Bolt during his royal visit to Jamaica.


Harry 'bolts' for the finish line

"He's cool, very down to earth," Usain said. "When you meet dignitaries you think it will be difficult but he just wanted to laugh - it was an honour and a pleasure to meet him."

A "race" between the pair was organised for the assembled media pack but the prince sprinted down the track after a false start at the University of the West Indies stadium in Kingston.

"I'm still the fastest man in the world so he has a long way to go," Usain remarked.

Tue 14 Feb 12: Usain Bolt has pulled out of his first scheduled race of the year. He failed to start at the the Camperdown Classic in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday but visited a doctor in Munich who specialises in returning injured sports stars to full fitness.

In response to claims that Bolt is suffering from an ongoing injury, agent Ricky Simms stated: "He is not injured. He trained fully up to leaving Jamaica and is training fully again".

Tue 24 Jan 12: Usain Bolt is to compete at the Diamond League in Rome.

Bolt will run the 100 metres on 31 May at the Italian capital's Olympic Stadium. Usain said: "Rome's race will be a good early season test and tell me what I need to do on the way to the Olympic Games."


Fri 09 Dec 11: Ex-world record holder Maurice Greene has backed 100m world champion Yohan Blake to beat Usain Bolt in the 100m at London 2012.

Greene claimed that, "Usain has trouble in close races. If you think about the close races he's had, he's lost [them]."

Sat 12 Nov 11: After being named IAAF athlete of the year, Usain Bolt revealed his aim to win four gold medals at London 2012 .

Usain believes he can match Carl Lewis' achievement of four track and field golds at a single Games by competing in the 4x400m relay - a title Jamaica has not won since the Helsinki Games in 1952.

"I will probably be in good shape and I know the guys are really stepping up the 400m level in Jamaica," he said. "If I can help to get them a gold medal, I will want to go on that team."

Fri 16 Sep 11: Usain Bolt ended his season by clocking the fastest 100m time of the year. He ran 9.76 seconds at the Brussels Diamond League meeting.

Mon 05 Sep 11: Usain Bolt has led Jamaica to a new 4x100m world record.

The Jamaican quartet with their new world record time for the 4x100m relay

Bolt powers Jamaica to world record

In the final race of the World Championships being held in Daegu, South Korea, Usain ran the anchor leg of a relay that completed the course in a blistering 37.04 seconds - the only world record of the Championships.

"We're natural born athletes. It's all about running fast. As long as we got the baton round, I had no doubts," he said.

Sat 03 Sep 11: Usain Bolt has defended his world 200m title.

Usain Bolt

Bolt bounces back with 200m gold

He responded perfectly to disqualification in the 100m by powering across the line in the fourth fastest time ever - 19.40 secs. "I made a mistake but I came back to show the world that I'm still the best," said a jubilant Bolt.

"I'm not a legend yet. I'm on my way, but I've got to go to London and blow people's minds, to go to the Olympics and do something extraordinary."

Sun 28 Aug 11: Usain Bolt has been sensationally disqualified from the 100m final at the World Championships.

Usain Bolt

Bolt out before Blake takes gold

Rule 162.7, introduced last year by governing body the IAAF, states that the first athlete to false-start should be disqualified rather than given a warning.

Compatriot and training partner, Yohan Blake, took Usain's 100m world title with a winning time of 9.92 secs.

Usain was unavailable for comment following the race but released a short message via the IAAF website, saying: "I have nothing to say right now. I need some time."

Fri 29 Jul 11: It was a comfortable 200m win for Usain Bolt at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting .

After finishing in 20.03 secs, he claimed: "Technically it was not a good race because the curves here are a bit tight.

"I was careful not to get injured before the World Championships. But generally, it was a good race despite the fact that I wanted a better time."

Fri 22 Jul 11: Usain Bolt ran his fastest 100m of the year at the Monaco Diamond League meeting, winning in 9.88 secs.

Usain Bolt

Bolt pushed hard in Monaco 100m

"It was not the best start, but I executed well overall," Olympic champion Bolt reflected.

"My last 60m have improved dramatically. I need to work on my reaction time, but I've been doing great in training, so I'm just focusing and I feel ready."

He added: "My aim this season is to run 9.7, maybe 9.6. For me, this year it's about building myself and go into the Olympic season fit and ready. London [2012] is the key."

Thu 09 Jun 11: Usain has set the fastest 200m time of the year at the Oslo Diamond League.

Usain Bolt

Bolt destroys the field in rainy Oslo (UK users only)

In his first 200m race for 13 months, Usain eased to victory in 19.86 seconds.

"I have nothing to worry about, I'm still the champion," Usain said. "It is all about technique now to get the icing on the cake".

Usain also reiterated his desire to play professional football.

Fri 27 May 11: Usain Bolt is back.

Usain Bolt

Bolt labours to 100m Diamond League win (UK users only)

After 10 months out of action, Usain pipped Asafa Powell to the line in Rome to claim 100m victory in 9.91 seconds.

Usain appeared to struggle out of the blocks and later said: "I was nervous, as it was my first race of the season.

"I didn't think it went well and the nerves got to me. It was a totally bad race and I'm just pleased I won."

Mon 04 Apr 11: "Champs" is no ordinary school sports day - there are no egg and spoon races here. Usain Bolt went back to Champs, where he completed a record-breaking double in 2001, aged 16, winning the 200m and 400m.

Fri 04 Feb 11: Usain Bolt is set to race in a uniform designed by Bob Marley's daughter (ESPN).

Fri 28 Jan 11: Usain Bolt's season will start in Rome. He is set to burst out of the blocks in the 100m at the Diamond League meeting scheduled for 26 May.

"A lot of the best sprinters have achieved great times in Rome and I hope to add my name to the list," he said.


Mon 04 Oct 10: Usain is back in action after completing his first training session since August.

"The good news is that I am 100% healthy and am completely over my back and Achilles tendon problems," Usain said.

"I am looking forward to defending my 100 and 200 metres titles at the 2011 World Championships in Korea."

Mon 06 Sep 10: Usain Bolt has revealed that he has what it takes to be a professional footballer and believes he can run the 100m in 9.4 seconds. The revelations came in a series of interviews he did as part of a hectic week-long tour promoting his autobiography.

After seeing Usain on a host of media outlets, World Olympic Dreams caught up with him to find out how he is coping with the media circus.


The BBC's Leon Mann finds the Jamaican sprinter in typically relaxed form

Wed 25 Aug 10: Usain Bolt has signed what is said to be the biggest sponsorship deal in the history of athletics, valued at £21m. The deal with Puma will see the launch of a new line of clothing based on Bolt's "To Di World" stance, according to The Guardian newspaper.

Tue 10 Aug 10: Usain has announced that he will not be racing again in 2010 because of a lower back injury. Read the BBC report here.

Fri 06 Aug 10: Tyson Gay sensationally beat Usain Bolt in the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. Watch the race here (UK users only). This is only Usain's second professional loss in the 100m.

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see also
What makes Jamaica so fast?
30 May 11 |  World Olympic Dreams
In pictures: Bolt at 'Champs'
04 Apr 11 |  World Olympic Dreams
Usain Bolt and those chicken nuggets
26 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Usain Bolt reflects on his childhood
26 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Johnson explains Bolt's speed
13 May 10 |  Athletics
On the dance floor with Usain Bolt
12 May 09 |  Athletics
Secrets of Usain Bolt's success
18 Aug 09 |  Science & Environment

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