The fastest man alive has his parents to thank for the unprecedented success and acclaim he has garnered over the years.
Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt had an inkling young Usain would achieve great feats one day. Instead of relying on their son’s raw potential, the Bolts made sure he was constantly on the right track.
In a recent interview with CBC Olympics, Jennifer joked that the only time her blazing son was ever slow was when he was born over a week after his intended due date. Usain displayed glimpses of his impeccable determination when he was just three weeks old.
Jennifer recalled the time when baby Usain fell over and tried eagerly to push himself back up again. The bewildered mother couldn’t believe what she was seeing.
“I thought ‘What kind of a child is this? Three weeks old and he’s pushing!” Jennifer mused. “At the age of 12, being in primary school, he started to compete in school sports and he was always on top and he was always beating his classmates. From then, we noticed he would be a great athlete.”
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Usain received a scholarship to William Knibb Memorial High School. His father, Wellesley, did not believe in tardiness and would wake him at exactly 5:30 a.m. the school is 12 kilometers away from the family’s village, but Wellesley would make surprise visits to William Knibb just to check on his son’s progress.
“I always go to William Knobb once per week to see him train,” said the elder Bolt, via The Bolt Supremacy: Inside Jamaica’s Sprint Factory. “In the early part he would try to skip training sometimes to go and play those video games in Falmouth. So I always had to be on top of that.”
Wellesley’s strictness did not sit well with young Usain. But over time, the record-shattering runner slowly realized how pivotal his father was in his development as an athlete and as a man.
“He didn’t like it. But now he say I’m the best father,” Wellesley prided. “He said if I was the type of father who let him do that, probably he wouldn’t be where he is now.”
Over the weekend, Usain Bolt made Olympic history by winning his third consecutive gold medal in the Men’s 100m Final. If there was any doubt who was the fastest man alive, the 6-foot-5 Jamaican sprinter erased it in just under 10 seconds.
According to New York Times, Bolt finished the race in 9.81 seconds, while silver medalist Justin Gatlin of the United States clocked in at 9.89 seconds. Andre De Grasse of Canada snatched bronze with a time of 9.91 seconds.