Usain Bolt, the Most Decorated Sprinter of All Time

Usain Bolt is obviously one of the most watched athletes of all time. Born 30 years ago, the Jamaican sprinter has been regarded as the fastest human ever. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory.

He also holds the world record as a part of the 4×100m relay. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events and the most successful sprinter in history.

A nine-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt won the 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games. He gained worldwide popularity for his double sprint victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in world record times. Bolt was the first to win consecutive Olympic 100m and 200m titles (2008 and 2012).

An eleven-time World Champion, he won consecutive World Championship 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay gold medals from 2009 to 2015, with the exception of a 100m false start in 2011. He is the most successful athlete of the World Championships and was the first athlete to win three titles in both the 100m and 200m at the competition.

Usain Bolt is ending his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented “triple triple” and his ninth gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

His achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname, “Lightning Bolt,” and his awards include the International Association of Athletics Federations World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year (three times). He has stated that he intends to retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships.

Bolt’s earnings as put together by Jesusegun Alagbe
The Jamaican sprinter is in a class of his own in terms of his marketing prowess. His competitors are not his fellow track stars, but global icons like Argentine football star Lionel Messi, American basketball star LeBron James and Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bolt has 10 global partners, along with seven regional ones. Sportswear maker, Puma, is his biggest backer with a deal worth north of $10m (N3.4bn) a year.

So far in 2016, he has made $32.5m (N11.1bn) in earnings — $2.5m (N850m) from winnings and $30m (N10.2bn) from endorsements.

He is the only track star who made it onto the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes, coming in at No. 32. A big congratulations to Usain Bolt!