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Usain Bolt wowed audiences at the 2008 Olympics with his world record-breaking 100-meter race time. Watch this video from About.com to learn more about Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.See Transcript

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Transcript:Profile of Usain Bolt

Hello, I'm Michael Sanchez for About.com. Today we'll be learning about Jamaican sprinter and five-time world and three-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt.

Early Life of Usain Bolt

Usain St. Leo Bolt was born on August 21st, 1986 in Sherwood Content, a small town on the island of Jamaica. As a boy Usain enjoyed sports like cricket and soccer and by the age of twelve had already stood out at his school as the fastest runner. In high school, Usain's cricket coach noticed his speed and urged him to try out for track and field. Usain won his first high school championship medal in 2001, taking the silver medal in the 200 meter race with a time of 22.04 seconds. After two second place wins at the CARIFTA games in 2001, Usain returned the following year and set championship records in the 200 and 400 meter races with times of 21.12 seconds and 47.33 seconds respectively, winning three gold medals in the process.

Usain Bolt's Early Races

In 2002, at the age of 15, usain had grown to 6 feet, 5 inches tall. That year he won the 200 meter at the World Junior Championships, making him the youngest gold medalist ever. Usain won four gold medals at the 2003 CARIFTA games and set a new championship record of 200 meters in 20.40 seconds despite a head wind during the race. During his final Jamaican High School Championships in 2003, he broke both the 200 and 400 meter records with times of 20.25 and 45.30 seconds respectively.

Usain Bolt Turning Pro

In 2004, at the age of 18, Usain Bolt turned professional and soon after won three gold medals at that years CARIFTA games. Although he was chosen for the 2004 Jamaican Olympic squad, multiple injuries hindered him from competing at this best. Upon his return to competing in 2006, Bolt claimed his first major world medal, a bronze, at the IAAF World Athletics Final in Germany. That same year, the IAAF World Cup in Greece yielded his first senior international silver medal. Soon after, in the Jamaican Championships, Usain ran 19.75 seconds in the 200 meter, breaking the 36-year-old Jamaican record held by Don Quarrie by 0.11 seconds. Usain went on to win a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Japan.

Usain Bolt at the 2008 Olympics

2008 saw Usain Bolt competing in both the Reebok Grand Prix in New York City, where he won a gold medal, and the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China where he set new world records for 100 and 200 meter times and won three gold medals. Following the Olympics, Usain competed in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin where he beat his Olympic and world records again and winning three gold medals in the process. In 2011, Usain Bolt won two gold medals at the Daegu World Championships and is currently in training for the 2012 Olympics in London where he will surely live up to his name as "the fastest man alive".

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