Widely regarded as the fastest person ever, Usain Bolt is a track and field sprinter from Kingston, Jamaica.
Usain began his training in track and field during high school when he was encouraged by former Olympic sprinter Pablo McNeil to focus on his running abilities. He soon became a high school champion, earning the silver medal for running 200 meters in 22.04 seconds, competing against other students throughout Jamaica. He began competing for Jamaica in local events, making his first appearance on the world stage during the IAAF World Youth Championships in 2001. Due to his success, he was asked to move to Kingston, Jamaica, to study with the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association at the University of Technology, Jamaica.
Usain became a professional athlete in 2004 with his performance in the CARIFTA Games. He became the first junior sprinter to complete the 200-meter dash in under 20 seconds, and was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for most outstanding athlete at the 2004 CARIFTA Games. His first experience at the Olympics was later that same year, but suffered a leg injury and was unable to compete. In 2007, Usain won a silver medal at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan with a time of 19.91 seconds. The next year, he established a new world record by completing the 100-meter dash in 9.74 seconds. During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Usain participated in both the 100- and 200-meter events, further improving his own world-record time. Widely regarded as the fastest sprinter in the world, Usain took the 2012 Summer Olympics by storm, earning a gold medal for both the 100- and 200-meter events. He also participated in Jamaica's gold medal-winning relay team.