Special Sub-Topic: Usain Bolt: The King of Speed
|Usain Bolt has a rather unusal middle name. Have you any idea what it is?|
St. Leo. He was born Usain St. Leo Bolt on 21st August 1986, in the rural town of Sherwood Content in Trelawny parish, Cornwall county, Jamaica. His parents Jennifer and Wellesley ran the local grocery store. He spent much of his free time as a child playing soccer and cricket with his brother Sadeeki.
|Usain Bolt's first athletics medals came when he won two silvers in 2001. At which distances did he compete?|
200m and 400m. Bolt won the medals at the 2001 CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Games posting times of 21.81s for the 200m and 48.28s for the 400m. The following year he went to the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships, competing in the same events and setting record times of 20.61 and 47.12 respectively.
|In 2003, Usain Bolt beat all comers in the Jamaican 200m trials for the World Athletic Championships. He did not, however, attend the games. What prevented him going? |
Conjunctivitis. In the run up to the games, Bolt suffered from a bout of conjunctivitis and it ruined his training schedule. The Jamaican Amateur Athletics Association realised he would not be fit to compete, and withdrew him from the competition stating his youth and inexperience as the reason.
|Usain Bolt turned professional in 2004 at the age of 18. He went to the Athens Olympics and entered the 200m. How far did he get in the competition?|
1st round. Following his success in the 2004 CARIFTA games where he won the 200m in 19.93s, he was all set for the World Junior Championships and then the Olympics. A hamstring injury kept him away from the World Juniors but he was still selected for the Jamaican National squad. He went to Athens confident of success, but a leg injury meant he could only manage fourth place in the heats and he was eliminted.
|Usain Bolt turned down several offers of scholarships to American colleges.|
t. Despite failing at the Athens Olympics in 2004 he was offered the chance to train in America. He refused all offers, prefering to stay in Jamaica and train at Kingston's University of Technology despite its primitive facilities.
|In 2005, Usain Bolt's trainers wanted him to concentrate on a particular distance with the aim of making it his main event by 2008. Which distance was it?|
400m. Bolt suffered several setbacks during both 2005 and 2006. A series of injuries and a car accident meant he missed most of the major events. His manager Norman Peart and trainer Glenn Mills changed his training regime, and the permanent switch to the 400m was postponed.
|One of Usain Bolt's targets of 2006 was to break the 20-second barrier in the 200m. In which city and at which meeting did he achieve his goal?|
Lausanne - Athletissima 2006. Despite the setbacks in the early part of 2006, Usain put in a personal best performance at the annual Athletissima event in Lausanne. He finished third, in a time of 19.88s, behind Americans Xavier Carter and Tyson Gay. Two months later in Stuttgart, he gained his first major medal of his career getting the silver medal behind Wallace Spearmon Jr.
|Usain Bolt's trainer only agreed to him competing in the 100m if he broke the Jamaican record in the 200m.|
t. Bolt had longed to run the 100m despite his trainer wanting him to concentrate on the 400m. In the Jamaican Championships of 2007, Bolt ran a time of 19.75s, breaking the long standing record set by the legendary Don Quarrie 36 years earlier. Bolt's trainer gave in and he entered the 23rd Vardinoyiannia meeting in Crete. He won gold setting a personal best of 10.03s.
|In the 100m final at the Beijing Olympics of 2008, Usain Bolt set a new world record of 9.69s. Commentators said at the time that he would have finished in a quicker time if what hadn't happened?|
He slowed down at the finish. Not only did he slow down to celebrate his win, one of his shoe laces was untied as well. His coach later said that if he hadn't slowed down he could have finished in a time of around 9.5s. This was borne out by a team from the Oslo based Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. They considered factors such as his running position, acceleration, speed, and came up with a possible time of 9.55s.
|At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Usain Bolt broke a world record. In which event did he make this remarkable achievement?|
100m. Bolt broke his own record of 9.69s, set in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics by a staggering 0.11s. Even more remarkable, he went on to break the 200m world record by exactly the same amount, whenhe ran 19.19s. Bolt won his third championship gold when Jamaica won the 4x100m relay, but they failed to break their own world record of 37.10s, falling 0.21 short.
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