How long is Usain Bolt's step

Usain Bolt - fast as lightning

It is the longing for the unique. If you watch Usain Bolt at a race, you think you're witnessing a historic event. A new world record is possible every time. And he knows very well how to stage himself on the big stage. For that, the audience love him. Victory, games and fun - in this sense the Jamaican corresponds completely to the ideal of the Olympic Games.

And Usain Bolt loves them. Here he gets the maximum attention - from the audience and the media. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he ran the 100, 200 and 400-meter relay to gold - in world record time - and advanced to become a superstar. Four years later in London, the 1.96 meter athlete repeated his spectacle. Each time he won over, while his run looked as easy as a practice session.

"Not in full shape yet"

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And in Rio 2016 he was again the fastest over the 100 meters. Can he do it again - the triple triple - the third triple success? Step one is done! It hadn't looked like it for a long time. In the run-up to qualifying for the Olympic Games, "Lightning Bolt" pulled his thigh. An uncomfortable injury for a sprinter. Only at the Diamond League meeting in the British capital two weeks before the start of the games did the Jamaican get the performance record required by the association. Before the games, he led neither the world rankings over 100 nor over 200 meters.

The doctor he trusts

At his big appearances in the past few years it was mostly not a question of whether he would win, but only in what time. But this time the exceptional athlete has little competition practice. And the question is whether his thigh will hold up in the other races. In the 100-meter final, you got the impression that it didn't hinder him.

Last year, Usain Bolt won gold over all three distances at the World Championships in Beijing. Now he is about to turn 30, but his big rivals LaShawn Merritt, Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin are not younger either, but in some cases are much older.

Bolt - in his typical pose

A German of all people is very important for Usain Bolt: Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, national soccer team doctor and honorary club doctor at FC Bayern Munich. For the prominent athlete, he is the doctor he trusts, who has made him fit again in good time several times in his successful career. By what means, one or the other may ask themselves.

Belief in the illusion

Unlike his rivals - all final runners at the last World Cup were convicted of doping at least once - Usain Bolt has never had a positive doping result. That is why both the Leichtahtletik-Verband, the leadership of the International Olympic Committee and most of the spectators want Usain Bolt's victories. To maintain the illusory belief in clean games. And to see the man with his Caribbean cheerfulness in his usual cheering pose.