Usain Bolt by numbers

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Usain Bolt retired from track and field championships after Jamaica in the 4x100m relay at the world championships in London.

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt gestures before the semi-finals of the men’s 100m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

Unfortunately there was to be no fairytale as he pulled up and collapsed injured on the track running the anchor leg.


Here AFP Sports looks at his glittering career in numbers.

1 – world bronze, after being beaten in the 100m in London 2017 by Americans Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman

3 – the number of Olympic treble sprint doubles, in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. It should have been a treble treble including all three relay titles, but teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for doping in the Chinese capital

4 – times Bolt has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2013, 2017

5 – the number of sprinters to have beaten Bolt over 100m: Gatlin, Coleman, Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, American Tyson Gay and Antigua’s Daniel Bailey

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6 – times Bolt has won the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016

8 – Olympic gold medals: 100, 200m (2008, 2012, 2016); 4x100m relay (2012, 2016)

9.58 – the world record he set for the 100m at the 2009 worlds in Berlin

9.63 – the second fastest time ever run, when Bolt scorched to 100m gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

9 – times Bolt has run sub-9.77 seconds or faster for the 100m

11 – world gold medals: 100m (2009, 2013, 2015); 200m (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015); 4x100m relay (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

14 – world medals amassed since making his debut in Helsinki in 2005, when he finished eighth and last in the 200m final

14.35 – the world best Bolt set over 150 metres in Manchester, England, in 2009. He ran the final 100 metres in a startling 8.70sec, the fastest time ever recorded

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19 – major global medals

19.19 – the world record he set for the 200m at the 2009 worlds in Berlin

30.97 – his best time over the rarely-run 300m, set in 2010. Only South African Wayde van Niekerk and American Michael Johnson have gone faster

31 – the Jamaican turns 31 on August 21

36.84 – the world record for the 4x100m relay set at the London Olympics, Bolt anchoring a team also comprising Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake. Bolt had been part of two previous world relay records, in Beijing in 2008 (though this was later voided) and at the 2011 Daegu worlds

37.58 – Bolt’s average speed in km/h (23.35mph) in his 100m world record race. Should you subtract his reaction time of 0.15sec, his time is actually 9.43sec, making his average speed 38.18km/h (23.72mph)

41 – the number of strides it took for Bolt to cover the 100m on his record-setting run in the German capital

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44.72 – top speed in km/h (27.79mph) reached during his 100m run in Berlin in 2009, between the 60 to 80-metre mark

53 – the number of times Bolt has run sub-10 second 100m races

195 – his height in centimetres, or 6ft 5in

4.82 million -followers on Twitter

7.4 million – followers on Instagram

18.8 million – follows of his Facebook page

34.2 million – dollars earned by Bolt last year according to a list of the world’s richest sportspeople by Forbes magazine

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