His high school cricket coach urged him to pursue a career in track and field.
He became the first athlete to be named IAAF World Athlete of the Year five times, earning the distinction in 2008, 2009, 2011, 20.
A living legend, he has won nine gold medals in track and field events in Olympics; a feat which no other person has achieved before.
He has achieved the "triple-triple" and is the first man to win gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games in 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events.
He won these events at 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics.
During his early days as a runner, he didn’t really believe in his abilities and was quite laid back with his approach towards the sports.
I remember after losing the 100m final, someone said, ‘Don’t worry. “I had treatment last night and treatment today,” he said, “and I’ll have it treated until I get an MRI scan to see if it’s as bad as I think it is. My agent is talking to Mr Coe to figure out in what way I can help out the sport. There was no sign of the fastest man in the world at the carnival, after he was backed to succeed with his football dream.Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey said his fellow Jamaican has the determination to do well.It was not the fastest 400m of Usain Bolt’s career (his lifetime best will go down in history as 45.28, dating back to 2007) but it was a landmark circuit for the Jamaican who has illuminated track and field these past nine years with his superhuman talent and his stellar personality. Twenty four hours after his final race ended in the anguish of a torn hamstring on the anchor leg of the 4x100m, the Jamaican phenomenon was back on the track in the London Stadium, soaking up the adoration on a fitting farewell lap of honour at the end of the final session at the IAAF World Championships London 2017.
He grew up in small town Trelawny, Jamaica with his parents Wellesley and Jennifer, as well as his brother and sister, Sadiki and Sherine.