Whether you know Athletics or not, and even whether you know sport or not, chances are you know Usain Bolt. The fastest man on the planet, not just now but ever, Usain has won the hearts of people everywhere with his mind-blowing performances and his infectious charisma – uniting supporters around the world.
In this, his full autobiography, Usain tells his story in his own words: from humble beginnings in Jamaica, to international stardom at Beijing and on to the new heights of superstardom he has reached since lighting up London 2012.
Full of the charm and charisma that has made him the most popular sporting figure of our time and a universal celebrity, this is a book that Usain’s millions of fans will love.
16 August 2008 ... Beijing, China ... the Bird's Nest stadium ... 91,000 spectators and an unimaginably huge global television audience ... the final of the men's 100 metres at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.
The crack of the starter's pistol triggers thousands of camera flash bulbs ... and precisely 9.69 seconds later a young Jamaican streaks across the finishing line to claim the gold medal and his destiny.
Four days later Bolt claims the 200 metres gold, setting a new world record of 19.30 into the bargain, the night before his 22nd birthday. Then on 22nd August he leads the Jamaican team to more glory in the 4 x 100 metres relay final, in yet another world record time.
Since those heady days of the Beijing Olympics in August 2008, Usain Bolt has lowered both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records once again – to a barely believable 9.58 and 19.19 seconds respectively.
At a stroke the Jamaican has become the greatest sports star in the world.
9.58 is Usain Bolt's story so far, in his own words.
It's about a skinny kid from the parish of Trelawny, where they harvest the best yams in the world. It's about growing up playing cricket and football in the warm Jamaican sun, then discovering that he could run fast, very fast. It's about family, friends and the laid-back Jamaican culture. It's about Auntie Lillian's pork and dumplings and Dad's grocery store in the sleepy village of Sherwood Content. It's about what makes Bolt tick, where he gets his motivation and where he takes his inspiration. It's about the highs and the lows, the dedication and sacrifices required to get to the top. It's about fast food, partying, dancehall music, fast cars and that lightning bolt pose. It's about radiating sport's biggest smile. This is the story of the fastest man on the planet.
Usain Bolt kertoo, miten laiskanpulskeasta jamaikalaispojasta kehittyi juoksija, joka on usein saanut muut näyttämään jotenkin niin tavallisilta.
Bolt syntyi köyhään mutta kunnolliseen perheeseen Luoteis-Jamaikalla, minne karanneet orjat perustivat kyliään 1700-luvulla. Boltin ensimmäinen urheilullinen rakkaus oli kriketti, mutta nuoren miehen ilmeinen lahjakkuus vei hänet juoksuradalle.
Bolt kertoo huippu-urheilijan paineista, valmennuksen onnistumisista, sen epäonnistumisista ja vastahakoisuudestaan harjoitella riittävästi. Hän muistelee myös Helsingin MM-kisoja tolkuttomine rankkasateineen ja kaupungin kesäistä kylmyyttä.
Usain Bolt on jo nykyisten saavutustensa perusteella yksi maailman kaikkien aikojen parhaista urheilijoista. Hän on suostunut kertomaan, miten sellaiseksi voi tulla.