Bolt's most successful event is the 200 m, with three Olympic and four World titles.
The 2008 Olympics was his international debut over 100 m; he had earlier won numerous 200 m medals (including 2007 World Championship silver) and holds the world under-20 and world under-18 records for the event.
His achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname "Lightning Bolt", and his awards include the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year (three times).
He has twice broken the 200 metres world record, setting 19.30 in 2008 and 19.19 in 2009.
He has helped Jamaica to three 4 × 100 metres relay world records, with the current record being 36.84 seconds set in 2012.
Always happy, always wanting to make everybody around him laugh.
The 27-year-old Olympic athlete had planned to hang up his running shoes after the 2016 Rio Olympics. “For me, I think I might go one more year, my sponsors have asked me to do one more year, so I mean go on to 2017.
Regarded as the fastest human ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory.