What do we know about Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt? He became on Thursday night the first man to win the 100 and 200 meters in consecutive Olympics. Arguably the fastest man in the world, he also won three gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and set an Olympic record of 9.63 seconds in his 100-meter victory on August 5.
I don't know about you, but I would like to find out more about the man who can do five push-ups after running 200 meters in 19,63 seconds. So here are 10 interesting facts you might not know about Usain Bolt.
1-Before he was a sprinter, Usain Bolt’s first sport was cricket where he specialized as a fast bowler. Although he did not pursue a career in cricket, Bolt remains a fond admirer of Chris Gayle, Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis.
2-Usain is a hardcore video gamer. He often plays Call Of Duty: Black Ops online.
3-The British Olympic Committee received over a million ticket requests for the August 5th 100 meters final at the 2002 Summer Games.
4-Usain Bolt turned down several offers of scholarships to American colleges. Despite failing at the Athens Olympics in 2004 he was offered the chance to train in America. He refused all offers, preferring to stay in Jamaica and train at Kingston's University of Technology.
5-By the end of the 2008 season, nine of the 10 fastest times in the history of the 100 meters had been recorded by either Usain or Asafa Powell.
6-After the 2008 Olympics Usain donated $50,000 to the children of Sichuan Province who suffered in the earthquakes of that year.
7-In 2011, Usain attended the UEFA Champions League Final as the guest of Manchester United. He said he wanted a tryout with the club after he retires from running.
8-He is a big fan of football star Christiano Ronaldo and has offered him some sprinting tips. However, his favourite footballer is Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
9-In 2012, Usain impersonated Sir Richard Branson in a Virgin Media ad promoting its fast broadband service.
10-Other than just being the fastest man on the planet, Bolt has his own restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica called “Tracks And Records.”