Usain Bolt es un atleta nacido en una pequeña localidad de la parroquia de Trelawny, Jamaica, de extracción humilde. Desde niño comenzó a exhibir sus habilidades en las carreras de velocidad, pero fue hasta los 15 años que tuvo la oportunidad de mostrar sus atributos ante la mirada internacional en el Campeonato Mundial Junior de Atletismo, llevado a cabo en su país, en el que se convirtió en el campeón júnior del mundo más joven de la historia en 200 metros.

Este fue el inicio de una carrera plagada de éxitos para el corredor caribeño, que gracias a su velocidad, a su 1.96 m de estatura y a su gran zancada hoy día es el atleta más rápido del mundo, al poseer las marcas mundiales de los 100 (9.58) y 200 (19.19) metros planos, luego de haberlos obtenido en el XII Campeonato Mundial de Atletismo en Berlín, Alemania, de 2009, y el récord mundial de 4x100 ((37.04), junto a Nesta Carter, Michael Frater y Yohan Blake, en Daegu, Coreal del Sur, en 2011.

El espigado velocista buscará revalidar su poderío sobre la pista en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres, que será su tercera justa de este tipo, luego de haber participado de manera brillante en los de Beijing 2008, al haber ganado tres oros en 100m, 200m y 4x100, y no tanto en los de Atenas 2004, ya que una lesión en la pierna le impidió sobresalir como él hubiera querido.

Además de las marcas conseguidas por el atleta jamaiquino y sus múltiples medallas de oro y plata por todo el mundo tanto en campeonatos del mundo como en Juegos Olímpicos, la IAAF (Asociación Internacional de Federaciones de Atletismo) y la revista Track and Field lo distinguieron como el 'Atleta del Año' en 2008 y 2009; y la BBC como el 'Personaje del Año en los Deportes' en 2008 y 2009, entre otros.

A pesar de su corta edad (25 años), Bolt sabe que estos podrían ser sus últimos Juegos Olímpicos. "Este es el último capítulo de mi carrera como atleta y espero que vaya tal y como espero. Estoy entrenando tan fuerte como puedo para estar seguro de que todo va bien", señaló a la agencia EFE.

"La gente espera verme correr los 100 metros en 9.4 segundos y los 200 en 19 segundos"

USAIN ST. LEO BOLT
País: Jamaica
Deporte: Atletismo Atletismo
Fecha de nacimiento: 21 de agosto de 1986
Experiencia en Juegos Olímpicos Atenas 2004 y Beijing 2008

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  • Mundial de Atletismo 2013

    Tras embolsarse la colección completa de tres medallas de oro de la velocidad en Moscú, el sensacional "Rayo" de Jamaica se erigió el domingo en el competidor más laureado en la historia de tres décadas de los mundiales de atletismo

  • Mundial de Atletismo 2013

    Tras embolsarse la colección completa de tres medallas de oro de la velocidad en Moscú, el sensacional "Rayo" de Jamaica se erigió el domingo en el competidor más laureado en la historia de tres décadas de los mundiales de atletismo

  • Mundial de Atletismo 2013

    Tras embolsarse la colección completa de tres medallas de oro de la velocidad en Moscú, el sensacional "Rayo" de Jamaica se erigió el domingo en el competidor más laureado en la historia de tres décadas de los mundiales de atletismo

  • Mundial de Atletismo 2013

    Tras embolsarse la colección completa de tres medallas de oro de la velocidad en Moscú, el sensacional "Rayo" de Jamaica se erigió el domingo en el competidor más laureado en la historia de tres décadas de los mundiales de atletismo

  • Mundial de Atletismo 2013

    Tras embolsarse la colección completa de tres medallas de oro de la velocidad en Moscú, el sensacional "Rayo" de Jamaica se erigió el domingo en el competidor más laureado en la historia de tres décadas de los mundiales de atletismo

  • Mundial de Atletismo 2013

    Tras embolsarse la colección completa de tres medallas de oro de la velocidad en Moscú, el sensacional "Rayo" de Jamaica se erigió el domingo en el competidor más laureado en la historia de tres décadas de los mundiales de atletismo

  • Mundial de Atletismo 2013

    Tras embolsarse la colección completa de tres medallas de oro de la velocidad en Moscú, el sensacional "Rayo" de Jamaica se erigió el domingo en el competidor más laureado en la historia de tres décadas de los mundiales de atletismo

  • Mundial de Atletismo 2013

    Tras embolsarse la colección completa de tres medallas de oro de la velocidad en Moscú, el sensacional "Rayo" de Jamaica se erigió el domingo en el competidor más laureado en la historia de tres décadas de los mundiales de atletismo

  • Usain Bolt

    Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, right, runs to win the "Mano a Mano" Men's 150m challenge on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Bolt defeated Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey, left, Ecuador's Alex Quinones, third from left, and Brazil's Bruno Lins de Barros on a 150m track specially built at the famous beach. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • Usain Bolt

    Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt runs to win the "Mano a Mano" Men's 150m challenge on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Bolt defeated Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey, Ecuador's Alex Quinones and Brazil's Bruno Lins de Barros on a 150m track specially built at the famous beach. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • Usain Bolt

    Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt runs to win the "Mano a Mano" Men's 150m challenge on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Bolt defeated Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey, Ecuador's Alex Quinones and Brazil's Bruno Lins de Barros on a 150m track specially built at the famous beach. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • Usain Bolt

    Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt runs to win the "Mano a Mano" Men's 150m challenge on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Bolt defeated Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey, Ecuador's Alex Quinones and Brazil's Bruno Lins de Barros on a 150m track specially built at the famous beach. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • Usain Bolt

    Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt runs to win the "Mano a Mano" Men's 150m challenge on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Bolt defeated Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey, Ecuador's Alex Quinones and Brazil's Bruno Lins de Barros on a 150m track specially built at the famous beach. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • Usain Bolt from Jamaica reacts after winning the men's 200m race at the Diamond League Athletics meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE,Steffen Schmidt)

  • Usain Bolt from Jamaica reacts after winning the men's 200m race at the Diamond League Athletics meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE,Walter Bieri)

  • Usain Bolt from Jamaica celebrates after winning the men's 200m race at the Diamond League Athletics meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE,Alessandro della Bella)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the finals of the men's 200-meter in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt second left, reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, third left, reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, gestures after crossing the finish line to win gold ahead of silver medallist Yohan Blake of Jamaica, center, and bronze medallist Warren Weir of Jamaica in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center, Jamaica's Yohan Blake, left, and Jamaica's Warren Weir celebrate their medals in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Bolt won gold, Blake silver and Weir bronze. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes in a men's 200-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes in a men's 200-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes in a men's 200-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center, leads in a men's 200-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt, second left, competes in a men's 200-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes in a men's 200-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • From left, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, United States' Isiah Young, Switzerland's Alex Wilson and Cuba's Michael Herrera compete in a men's 200-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • From left, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, United States' Isiah Young, Switzerland's Alex Wilson and Cuba's Michael Herrera compete in a men's 200-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Mens 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Ryan Bailey of the United States, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Justin Gatlin of the United States, Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Tyson Gay of the United States, Asafa Powell of Jamaica in the Mens 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses he line to win gold in the Mens 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the gold medal in the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica hugs bronze medalist Justin Gatlin of the United States after winning the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the finish line ahead of Yohan Blake of Jamaica and Justin Gatlin of the United States to win the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the gold medal in the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the finish line ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States, Yohan Blake of Jamaica and Justin Gatlin of the United States to win the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men's 100m Semi Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica leads the pack during the Men's 100m Semifinal on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Usain Bolt of Jamaica leaves the starters block during the Men's 100m Semifinal on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 8 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks on duing the Men's 100m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 8 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: (L-R) Usain Bolt of Jamaica and James Dasaolu of Great Britain compete in the Men's 100m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 8 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: (L-R) Usain Bolt of Jamaica and James Dasaolu of Great Britain compete in the Men's 100m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 8 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Usain Bolt of Jamaica and James Dasaolu of Great Britain compete in the Men's 100m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 8 - Athletics

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men's 100m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)