“Believe in your dreams and that anything is possible”- Usain Bolt
Last week, it was curtains down for the fastest man on the earth. Sprint superstar Usain Bolt ended his glittering career after wowing people across the world with his stellar performances.
Though, at the IAAF Championships Bolt missed the chances of adding more golds to his glorious collection (he lost tell 100m title and was injured before the 4×100m relay). But what actually matters is the kind of mark he had made for himself among the people, as the entire stadium only reverberated with the chants of ‘Usain, Usain’.
The Jamaican is a role model for millions, not only for his astronomical achievements but also for his qualities. He maybe the fastest man ever, his honesty sets him apart from the other several athletes.
In the era, where some of his contemporaries and many others were getting banned for doping charges, Bolt remained spotless. He didn’t achieved the laurels by decietful methods but with his honesty and respect for the sport.
The way he was always confident all these years, is pretty much commendable. He remained unfazed against any kind of criticism questioning him being too fast. One of the best virtues Bolt has, is his utter dedication. It is one of the main reasons that helped him clinching a total of 8 golds at the Olympics.
Back at the IAAF, Bolt ceded his 100m gold to American Justin Gatlin. But something happened that shocked even Bolt. After his win, Gatlin went down on his knees and bowed to Usain Bolt as a mark of honour. It shows that not only the people but his contemporaries also think of him as the greatest.
Bolt displayed a spirit of sportsmanship and humility when he stood up for and sided by Justin Gatlin when the latter was booed by the crowd after his win.
Usain Bolt is someone who taught us what it takes to win; hard work, focus, dedication.
He also taught us the it’s okay to fall down, hard but to get up stronger than ever. He respected the sport and the sport rewarded with him with what he deserved. Bolt inspires and will always continue to do so.