Usain Bolt may have been the only athlete who upstaged swimmer Michael Phelps in the recent Beijing Olympics. The Jamaican sprinter surprisingly set two individual world records in the 100 and 200 meters and was part of a 4×100 relay world record Jamaican team.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Men's 100m Final and the gold medal at the National Stadium on Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. Bolt finished the event in first place with a time of 9.69, a new World Record.
The most exciting athlete in all of track and field, Usain Bolt literally set the gold standard in his breathtaking 2008 performance in Beijing. The Jamaican joined American Carl Lewis as the only athlete to win three golds in sprinting races with victories in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 relay, but became the first athlete to set world records in winning each event.
Usain Bolt Breaks 100-Meter World Record Twice. One year after topping the original record of 9.72 seconds with his time of 9.69 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bolt beat his own record with a time of 9.58. He didn't just get the record, but he totally dogged it in the stretch, just coasting and prematurely celebrating while doing it.