Usain Bolt

Jamaica

Fact titleFact data
Sport:
Athletics
Olympics:
2008 Beijing
Medals:
3 gold in 100m (WR), 200m (WR) & 4x100m relay (WR)

According to conventional wisdom, at six feet five Bolt is just too tall to be a sprinter.

In the 100m final at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Bolt got off to a slow start, but he used his massive stride to power to the finish line. Winning in a then world record time of 9.69 seconds, he confirmed Jamaica as the world powerhouse of sprinting.