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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007371411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007371419
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter widely regarded as the fastest person ever. He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since 1977. Along with his team-mates, he also set the world record in the 4×100 metres relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, the first man to win 6 Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and a five-time World champion. He was the first to achieve a ‘double double’ by winning 100m and 200m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012), and topped this through the first "double triple" (including 4x100m relays).
His 2009 record breaking margin for 100 m, from 9.69 (his own previous world record) to 9.58, is the highest since records began.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eileen on 27 Sep 2013
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Very interesting view into his life and what drove him to such heights. I highly recommend this interesting lively book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil VINE VOICE on 17 Dec 2013
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I found this book really enjoyable, it was fun to read and certainly quite entertaining.

BUT it did lack the 'life story' element - the book starts with Usain was already in training and gives pretty much no background stories about him growing up, etc. If you'd like to understand his motivation and journey through his sporting career then this book is for you. If you want something more in-depth and about his real life story then you'll be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nats on 10 Nov 2013
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It is very good and cool, especially if you like athletics. He really lets you into what happens behind the scenes. LEGENDARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mollym on 19 Oct 2013
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It was a good read, fast and flowing like the man himself. I recommend it to all fans of Bolt and all those who doubt him because they don't bother to know or understand him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By StephenA on 16 Oct 2013
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Learnt a lot about Usain Bolt, who comes across as a very likeable person. Never knew how he graduated to 100m so was a good read. Good delivery as well
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cumbrian Lad. on 3 Oct 2013
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A great read about about a rare breed: the honest legend. Uses a very "easy" style which hits the spot, without losing any of its impact. I would heartily recommend it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Dees on 24 Mar 2014
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If you want to know the surprisingly simple factors which have made him the Fastest Man on earth - read this book. Having been in the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing when he won the 100m in the 2008 Olympics, I loved reliving those magic moments.

A lot of fun getting to know the man and being inspired to achieve your dreams.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rowena on 17 Nov 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Unlike many autobiographies which make it very obvious that the writer is not really the character who is the subject of the book, this autobiography has Usain's voice and character from beginning to end. The same Usain we see performing and enjoying his sport at athletic meets, being interviewed post race and interacting with the crowd, is the character who speaks to us in this book. In addition, we get the back story - a peep behind the scenes and an insight into the Jamaican athletics world with a touch of Kingston party nightlife thrown in.

What shines through is the amazing discipline, pain and hard work which have contributed to making Usain Bolt the athletic icon that he is today. An enjoyable, accessible and inspiring read.
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