Usain Bolt Celebrates 15th Anniversary of His 2008 Reebok Grand Prix 100m Record

Sprint legend Usain Bolt took to social media on Wednesday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his record-setting win in the 100m at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Tour Reebok Grand Prix.

Weather delays threatened what would be an auspicious day for Bolt on May 31, 2008, at the Icahn Stadium in New York, with the start of the meet postponed for an hour. The 100m race was scheduled as the Grand Prix’s finale event, with Bolt set to face off with the then-reigning 100m World champion Tyson Gay.

Bolt, who had run a 9.76 earlier that month, would surpass fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell’s 9.74 record set the previous year and outrun Gay to claim his record-setting 9.72-second win.

On Wednesday, Bolt shared a photo and a clip from the race, captioning the photo of him making his way down the track with a line from Masicka’s recently released single Tyrant.

“Call me legend and me nuh pass 40,” the 36-year-old retired sprinter wrote, with Massicka commenting in reply, “Better know that.”

Following the race, a jubilant Bolt declared that he did not need to break the record again because it was his now. Bolt’s 2008 record is one of many achievements the renowned sprinter would gain during his famed career, and the former athlete would go on to smash that record twice.

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First, just months later, with his 9.69-second gold medal win at the Beijing Olympics in August, and then the following year at the 2009 IAAF World Championships with a 9.58-second win.

Bolt’s 2009 sprint record remains unbeaten to this day.

Watch the 2008 race below.

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