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Stats: A look at Usain Bolt's otherworldly World Championship achievements

A statistical look at Usain Bolt's unbelievable achievements at the World Championships.

Sprint King Usain Bolt after his 200m win 

Usain St. Leo Bolt, a.k.a. ‘The Lightning Bolt’, is considered the fastest man on the planet. He is the first person to hold records in both the 100m and the 200m after the mandatory use automated time measurements since 1977. He is the reigning Olympic champion with a total of six gold medals from the three events he participates in – 100m, 200m and 4*100m – in two consecutive Olympic Games.

Bolt gained worldwide popularity after achieving a sprint double during the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he won both the 100 and 200m titles. During the same Olympics. he won the 4*100m with Jamaica and completed the first ‘double triple’ by winning all three events during the 2012 London Olympics.

Considered the most successful sprinter of all time, Bolt beat American legend Carl Lewis’s record tally of eight gold medals at the World Championships by successfully defending his 100m title in an absolutely nail-biting final at Beijing on Sunday, hence taking his tally to nine gold medals. He also won the 200m title today beating Justin Gatlin of United States of America with a timing of 19.55 seconds as compared to Gatlin’s 19.74 seconds.

By winning three gold medals at the 2013 World Championships and two in the 2015 edition of the competition, Bolt has become one of the most successful athletes in the 30-year history of the event.

His incredible sprinting achievements have earned him the nickname "Lightning Bolt", and he has made a habit of scooping up awards like the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year (three times in a row).

Bolt is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field, and he is also considered among the world's most marketable athletes.

Here’s a look at the records and titles he has at World Championships:  

Venue

Year

Event

Medal

Timing

Berlin

2009

100m

Gold

9.58 sec WR

Berlin

2009

200m

Gold

19.19 sec WR

Berlin

2009

4*100m

Gold

37.31 sec

Daegu

2011

200m

Gold

19.40 sec

Daegu

2011

4*100m

Gold

37.04 sec

Moscow

2013

100m

Gold

9.77 sec

Moscow

2013

200m

Gold

19.66 sec

Moscow

2013

4*100

Gold

37.36 sec WL

Beijing

2015

100m

Gold

9.79 sec

Beijing

2015

200m

Gold

19.55 sec WL

Osaka

2007

200m

Silver

19.91 sec

Osaka

2007

4*100m

Silver

37.89 sec


Bolt has stated that he will retire after the 2017 World Championships in London, and the entire sport-watching world will consider themselves lucky to see the greatest sprinter of all time for a couple more years. 

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