Usain Bolt Discloses the Biggest Regret of His Career Ahead of 2024 Paris Olympics

Usain Bolt Discloses the Biggest Regret of His Career Ahead of 2024 Paris Olympics

Edwin Kiplagat
April 26, 2024 at 5:15 PM
  • Usain Bolt is the undisputed king of sprinting
  • The Jamaican holds the 100m and 200m world records
  • He says he only has one major regret in his incredible career

Usain Bolt retired with multiple gold medals and world records from his incredible track career.

The Jamaican sprint legend set world records in the men's 100m and 200m, records which still stand today.

The 37-year-old recently disclosed his biggest regret, surprising coming from an icon like him.

Usain Bolt, Olympics, Noah Lyles, Usain Bolt's world records, 9.58 seconds
Usain Bolt celebrates after Jamaica's gold medal in the 4x100m relay. Photo by Pedro Ugarte.
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Bolt dominated the men's 100m and 200m for nearly a decade, starting from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

He won gold medals in both distances at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics. During that unprecedented run, he shattered the 100m and 200m world records.

He clocked 9.58 seconds in the 100m and 19.19 seconds in the 200m at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany.

He says he would run a much faster 200m time, since it was his favourite event.

"I wish I had lowered this world record. That's something throughout my career I wish I had done," he told Eurosport. "It was my favourite event. If I could have got under 19 seconds, it would have been a big milestone and I would have loved to have done that. If I had a regret in my career, it would be not running under 19 seconds."

Few sprinters have come close to his world record. American star, Noah Lyles, have made it his goal to break Bolt's 200m world record. The closest he's come is 19.31 seconds, the third-fastest time, per NBC Sports.

Asafa Powell on Usain Bolt's record

Sports Brief earlier reported on Jamaican sprint legend, Asafa Powell, commenting on Bolt's world records.

The former world record holder said the 200m world record could be broken one day, but the 100m mark will stand for a long time.

Bolt on his world record

Sports Brief earlier reported what it would take to break Bolt's 100m and 200m records.

The Jamaican sprint legend was on top of the world from 2008 until his exit from the sport in 2017. He won eight Olympic gold medals and 11 world titles.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.