Usain Bolt Once Put His Shoes On Wrong And Still Won First Place

Samuel Reason | April 10th, 2018

The fastest man alive and one of the most decorated Olympic athletes, Usain Bolt is well known all over the globe. A retired Jamaican sprinter and world record holder in 100 meters, 200 meters, and the 4×100 meters relay. His gold medals are spread over numerous Olympics and he is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time.

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He is an eight-time Olympic gold medalist and really shot to worldwide fame after his double sprint victory in 2008 Beijing Olympics. In fact, he is the only sprinters to ever win the Olympic 100m and 200m titles in three consecutive Olympics. Many like to refer to him as Lightning Bolt and he also has a world-famous pose. An interesting fact that is not well known, is that early in his career he once put his shoes on the wrong the feet!

The 2002 World Junior Championships held in Kingston, Jamaica. Bolt was in front of his home crowd and it was his first chance to really show what he was capable of on a world stage. Just 15 at the time, the presence and expectation of his home crowd caused him to become so nervous that he put his shoes on the wrong feet. This did nothing to deter him from his end goal though, still winning the 200m race and becoming the youngest world-junior gold medallist ever.

So there you have it if there was any doubt before no one can deny he has to be the greatest sprinter of all time now. Who else can run so fast with their shoes on wrong? We do not know of any!

In fact, it was a groundbreaking experience for Bolt as he made a pledge to himself to never get that nervous again. And we can only assume he held true to this pledge when we look back at his decorated career because he always describes himself as someone who is laid-back relaxed and loves to dance.

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