As far as the track and field world is concerned, no other sprinter in the history of the sport arguably has a greater legacy than that of Usain Bolt.
The Jamaican speedster went on an eight-year tear, winning every possible gold medal that he could’ve won from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
He opened his individual gold medal account at the 2008 event, winning the first of his six in China.
By the conclusion of the 2016 event in Rio, Bolt would win five more in both the 100m and 200m, respectively.
In 2009, Bolt would set a world record time of 9.58 in the 100m at the 2009 World Championships, officially earning him the moniker of “World’s Fastest Man.”
However, there was one blip in his career, where in the most shocking of circumstances, Bolt didn’t win any gold.
At the 2011 Daegu World Championships, Bolt was disqualified from the 100m finals after a false start, an error that was unexpected as he was notorious for being on time every time out the blocks.
His compatriot and home rival Yohan Blake would go on to win the race.
This stunned every fan in attendance, as well as Bolt himself, who removed his shirt, throwing it to the ground in frustration and disappointment etched across his face.
The faithful fans of Bolt would have undoubtedly wanted to see that moment where he smiles at the camera at the finish line, a signature of his, but instead saw photographs of a downhearted man.
That race could have changed the course of track and field history forever, as he could have won four consecutive world championships as well as having three gold Olympic medals.
As it has already been mentioned, it was but a blip in the career of a legend.
While people tend to reminisce on the 100m accomplishments of Bolt, he was just as commanding on the 200m stage.
He won the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships for that very event, meaning he claimed every gold medal at the World Championships and Olympics from 2008 to 2016.
An impressive run at the very top for a long period of time!
To have soared to those heights, to have put in all those hours and to sacrifice so much in his life, Bolt became the very best of the best.