After a glittering career that saw him reach incredible heights, Usain Bolt has finally hung his boots after the 4x100m relay final at the IAAF World Championships 2017 in London. The race may not have ended in the way he or any of his fans would have wanted but it in no way, affects the great man's legacy and the mountain of records he has accumulated.
In this article, we take a look at his most incredible records, that will take a superhuman effort to beat, and that too over a sustained period of time. Here they are!
#1 9.58 seconds World Record (100m)
We kick off the list with the most iconic of his achievements, the 9.58 seconds dash at the World Championships in 2009 in Berlin. He shaved off over a one-tenth of a second from his previous record of 9.69 seconds, set by him at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
No one, not even Bolt, has come close to the sub 9.6 mark and it will be a long, long time before it will be breached. At the 2017 Championships, Justin Gatlin took gold with a timing of 9.92 seconds, which was his season best and quite far off from the 9.58 mark.
#2 Three consecutive 100m and 200m Olympic medals
From Beijing 2008 to Rio 2016, Bolt won the gold medal at the time of the event in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, a unique treble that no one has ever done before. However, he was stripped of the 4x100 gold from Beijing, after teammate Nesta Carter's sample tested positive for a banned substance nine years later.
What could have been a 'triple-triple', can now be called a 'triple-double' and even after taking away one of the golds, Bolt remains the only sprinter to win three consecutive Olympic golds in the 100m and 200m events.
#3 Highest World Championship gold medals for a male athlete - 11
Usain Bolt from 2009 to 2015, swept the gold medals at the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at four World Championships, with the exception of the 100m in Daegu, South Korea, where he was disqualified for a false start. He also won two silvers in Osaka 2007 along with 100m bronze recently in London, taking his overall tally to 14, the most for any male athlete.
The nearest on the list behind him in this record are Americans Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and LaShawn Merritt, all past greats. The closest active athlete in the running is Justin Gatlin with three golds, which means that this record is safe for a long time.
#4 100m in 8.70 seconds
While the 9.58 secs is a feat to behold in itself, it has been found that the Jamaican legend has run a 100m distance in an even shorter time of 8.70 secs. In 2009, he raced to victory at a unique 150m sprint event at the BUPA Great City Games held in Manchester.
The 50-150m section of the race was covered by Bolt in an incredible 8.70 seconds, the fastest ever time recorded over 100 meters, as he completed the 150m in 14.35 seconds, which is another record in itself.
#5 Highest earning track and field athlete in history
According to Forbes, Usain Bolt's net worth is around £47 million. He earns nearly £23 million in total in the form of endorsements, out which nearly one-third comes from his deal with Puma.
He is one of the most recognizable sportspersons in the world and it is understandable that he commands such a high value. He earns less compared to athletes in other sports but when it comes to track and field, he is ahead of the pack by a huge margin.