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Why the World Loves Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is still the fastest man in the world and loved by people nationwide.

The Jamaican sprinter reclaimed his crown when he won in the 100-meter dash at the recent IAAF world championships in Moscow. After Bolt reclaimed his title, he could not have made his native country any more proud.

The 26-year-old “lightning bolt” made an electrifying performance after reaching the finish line in 9.77 seconds. 31-year-old 2004 Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin came in second with 9.85, who beat Bolt in Rome earlier this year.

The 9.77 sec was his slowest in a major 100m final. What is more interesting is that this guy is about 6’5” tall which means he needs more energy than the average sprinter to overcome the drag caused by wind resistance.

Bolt won three gold and broke the record in the 100-meter at the 2010 Beijing Olympics. He won his fourth gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, with a record of 9.63 seconds, beating rival Yohan Blake. Bolt was also the first Olympian to win both in 100-meter and 200-meter races in record times. However, he lost his title two years ago due to a false start.

Usain has a net worth of $30 million. His success as an athlete was so rapid and directly, so was his paycheck. He became one of the highest paid athletes last year with earnings of $20.3 million according to Forbes. He was also one of the most marketable endorsers, signing a $9 million endorsement deal with Puma, $150,000 each with headphone makers Digicel and Soul, $3-4 million with Gatorade, $3 million with Virgin Media and $1.5 million with Visa. His other endorsements include Samsung, Swiss watchmaker Hublot and Comcast.

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