A man born to run

Wellesley and Jennifer, parents of Usain Bolt.

The Olympics is going to miss the ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose that has lit up the last three Games at a time when athletics desperately needs a hero. When Usain Bolt crosses the finish line and starts pounding his chest, it resonates around the world.

But after his 4x100m triumph in Rio on Friday, the Rio crowd celebrated in the knowledge that they were witnessing the departure of a legend.

His mother seems to think that the young Bolt, who will retire after next year’s World championships, was born to run. Born in Trelawny parish near Montego Bay — where a host of sprinters, including the shamed Ben Johnson, also come from — Bolt was something special from the start, according to Jennifer Bolt. “After three weeks he was pushing because he was so strong,” the mother said.
“One day, I left him on the bed and when I came back he was close to falling off, so from here I was saying, ‘What kind of child is he?’” she recalled. By the age of 12, Bolt was the fastest in his school. “He was always on top,” she said. How does Bolt’s mother help the world’s fastest man keep his cool?

“We say things that will make him laugh,” said Jennifer.

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