Seven years ago at the Beijing National Stadium, Usain Bolt the burgeoning star sprinter transformed into Usain Bolt: The Legend. On his way to three gold medals in the main sprinting events, he became the first athlete to ever set three different world records in a single Olympic Games.
Now, as he returns to the Bird’s Nest for the 2015 IAAF World Track & Field Championships, the Jamaican sprinter is simply trying to prove he’s still the best.
Bolt, who had surgery on his foot last year, has struggled with injuries again in 2015. As a result, his best time in the 100 is the year’s sixth fastest, while his best in the 200 is only the 19th fastest. Meanwhile, his biggest competition in those races, Justin Gatlin, has been obliterating the competition.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the world’s most dominant sprinter actually looks vulnerable.
Nevertheless, this is Bolt, and this is a major world competition. Doubts may be present, but the always captivating 29-year-old is still a good bet to put on a show when the lights are brightest.
Take a look at when he’s set to compete:
Heats: Saturday, August 22, at 7:20 a.m. ET
Semifinals: Sunday, August 23, at 7:10 a.m. ET
Final: Sunday, August 23, at 9:15 a.m. ET
Heats: Tuesday, August 25, at 7:30 a.m. ET
Semifinals: Wednesday, August 26, at 8:30 a.m. ET
Final: Thursday, August 27, at 8:55 a.m. ET
Heats: Saturday, August 29, at 12:20 a.m. ET
Final: Saturday, August 29, at 9:10 a.m. ET
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