Easy was never an option for him. Hard-work, his only mantra. Hours and hours of hard work to be the best. At times, even toiling through injuries. Never letting obstacles deter him. Never putting a limit on himself. He had a vision, a dream and he pledged to make it a reality, no matter what.
He was never satisfied, always wanting to achieve more. He knew he cannot get anything unless he works for it. And he has proved himself, delivering his greatest miracles one after the other. He truly deserved the ‘triple-treble’. The greatest sprinter of all time. A true legend and a humble gentleman.
Then why fate be so cruel to him? What was his fault? Why did destiny have a cold-blooded 25th January 2017 in store for him? Why has the world got to hear this disturbing news? For no fault of his, the gold has been snatched from Usain Bolt.
The Thunderbolt’s ‘triple-treble’ has been hampered. Nesta Carter, who was a part of the Jamaican team that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008 has been tested positive for drug use. Carter’s sample has been found to contain methylhexaneamine, a stimulant that has been in the list of prohibited drugs since 2004. Carter ran the first leg of the race for the Jamaican team which also included Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Usain Bolt. Over 4,500 tests were carried out on the evening of the final in 2008, out of which 9 athletes were found guilty of sabotaging the game rules but nothing unusual was observed when Carter was tested. With the improvement in scientific methods, the International Olympic Committee ordered a retest for 454 samples from Beijing.
On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee confirmed Carter to be guilty of doping violations. Following this, all four athletes have been stripped off of their gold medals from the 4x100m, 2008 Beijing Olympics event. Carter has brought shame to his entire team.
But the world knows this has got nothing to do with Bolt. This legend will remain a legend. He has earned all that he has achieved. All the years of intense practice, focused physical and psychological training cannot crumble just like that.
This phenomenal gentleman has brought transformation to the sport. He has brought more and more people to watch athletics. He has never failed to make jaws drop. His record-breaking times are incredulous. It is definitely going to take years for someone to break these records. The beginning of his Olympic career was not as pompous. But he steered it to what it is today. He has taught the world that it takes sweat, determination and faith in oneself to reach to the top. The world bows to his greatness. Even in his last appearance, he gave us a chance to witness yet another miracle.
Usain Bolt, keep on making the world proud! You are an inspiration to many. You have proved that you are the ‘Greatest Of All Time’. For us, it is still three Olympics, three races at each, three gold medals every time.