Usain Bolt was a sprinting legend who captivated audiences while consistently outperforming himself in races. Thirteen years later, his 2009 100m record is still undefeated.
In May 2008, at the Reebok Grand Prix in the Icahn Stadium in New York, a then-21-year-old Bolt blazed into the spotlight, breaking fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell’s world record of 9.74 seconds with a 9.72-second win. Three months later, the bold young sprinting trailblazer amazed audiences again, this time at the Olympics in Beijing. Pulling ahead of his fellow competitors, Bolt broke his record with a golden 9.69-second finish, the first time the 100m had been run in under 9.7 seconds.
On August 16, 2009, a 22-year-old Bolt achieved his greatest success to date with a performance that has proven to be unmatchable. Bolt, along with Powell and America’s Tyson Gay, entered the 100m final at the World Championships within the Berlin Olympic Stadium. Powell claimed third place and Tyson second, but it was Bolt that left spectators in awe, once again shattering his record with a blistering 9.58-second finish.
Bolt continuously amazed athletic fans throughout his career, consistently winning races and the adoration of fans with his confidence and exuberant personality. Widely considered the greatest sprinter of all time, the sprinting legend not only holds the record for the 100m but the 200m as well, with 19.19 seconds, five years after his retirement.