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Gleaner Honour Awards | Bolt - The Sprinting King

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt
Rio 2016 Olympic Games 200m champion Usain Bolt.

Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt ended his amazing Olympic career in 2016 in the most emphatic way. Bolt claimed an unprecedented 'triple triple' and his ninth Olympic gold medal in his final event - the 4x100m relay final in Rio.

Bolt also won the 100m and 200m in Rio and is the only man to win all three sprint events at three Games.

The praise for this unprecedented feat has come from all corners of the globe. Bolt, already the fastest sprinter in history, transitioned with his 2016 accomplishments into new, hallowed territory, accompanied only by the likes of other sporting gods like Muhammad Ali and PelÈ.

"There you go, I'm the greatest," said Bolt after his 4x100m relay win in Rio. It was a conclusive declaration and one that can hardly be challenged.

That a young boy from Sherwood Content in Trelawny could rise to the level of fame that Bolt has is an inspirational story that transcends borders. His story has universal appeal even as it is uniquely Jamaican.

For his continued dominance of global sprinting, Usain Bolt is the recipient of the 2016 Gleaner Honour Award for Excellence in Sports.