Usain Bolt: The fastest man ever

Updated 2:16 PM ET, Mon August 14, 2017
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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt looks back at his Olympic competitors during a 100-meter semifinal in August 2016. Bolt won the final a short time later, becoming the first man in history to win the 100 meters at three straight Olympic Games. See more photos from Bolt's legendary career, which includes eight Olympic gold medals and world records in the 100 and 200 meters. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Bolt wins the 200 meters at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada. He went pro a year later. Michael Steele/Getty Images
Bolt, at age 19, runs the men's 200-meter during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He didn't make it out of the first round of qualifying. ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bolt listens to a question at a news conference before the 2005 World Championships. ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/AP
Bolt trains in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2006. Michael Steele/Getty Images
Bolt broke the 100-meter world record in 2008, at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York. He finished the race in 9.72 seconds, topping the record that countryman Asafa Powell set a few months earlier. Icon Sports Wire/Getty Images
Bolt attends a promotional event ahead of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. MARK RALSTON/Getty Images
Bolt kisses his shoe after winning the men's 100-meter final at the 2008 Olympic Games. He topped his own world record, finishing in 9.69 seconds. FABRICE COFFRINI/Getty Images
Bolt celebrates next to the scoreboard after winning the men's 100-meter in Beijing. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
Bolt competes in a 200-meter heat at the Beijing Olympics. A few days after winning the 100, Bolt completed the double by setting a new world record in the 200 final. He finished in 19.30 seconds, breaking the record that American Michael Johnson had held since 1996. CHRISTOPHE SIMON/Getty Images
Bolt signs autographs for fans at Toronto's Varsity Stadium in 2009. Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star/Getty Images
Bolt attends a news conference ahead of the Aviva London Grand Prix in 2009. That year, he broke both of his world records at the World Championships in Berlin. Those records -- 9.58 in the 100, 19.19 in the 200 -- still stand today. SHAUN CURRY/Getty Images
Bolt kisses his gold medal in 2012 after defending his Olympic title in the men's 200-meter. He also won the 100 again. FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images
Bolt celebrates after winning 100-meter gold at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Martin Meissner/AP
Bolt and children do his signature pose during a track clinic in Tokyo in 2013. Shuji Kajiyama/AP
Bolt celebrates with his mother, Jennifer, after winning 100-meter gold at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. Michael Steele/Getty Images
After winning the 200-meter final at the 2015 World Championships, Bolt was accidentally knocked over by a cameraman on a Segway. Neither man was hurt, however, and they later shook hands on the medal stand. CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS/Newscom
Bolt dances during a 2016 news conference in Rio de Janeiro. ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images
Bolt arrives at the Olympic Stadium in Rio to compete in the men's 100-meter. He won the event for the third straight Olympic Games. Jae C. Hong/AP
Bolt celebrates with fans after winning the 200-meter at the 2016 Olympics. In Rio, Bolt completed an unprecedented "triple-triple": three straight Olympic golds in the 100-meter, the 200-meter and the 4x100 relay. In 2017, Bolt was stripped of his 2008 relay medal after it was confirmed that teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
In what was his final 100-meter race before retirement, Bolt finished third in the final of the 2017 World Championships. American Justin Gatlin finished first but bowed down to Bolt after the race. Matt Dunham/AP
Bolt does a forward roll as he pulls up with a cramp in the final of the 4x100-meter relay during the 2017 World Championships. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images