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Usain Bolt: 9.58

Usain Bolt: 9.58 [Kindle Edition]

Usain Bolt
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Eight days … … three gold medals …
… three world records … one amazing reputation firmly established. Usain Bolt's life – and the world of sport – would never be quite the same again.

16 August 2008 … Beijing, China … the Bird's Nest stadium … 91,000 spectators and an unimaginably huge global television audience … the final of the men's 100 metres at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

The crack of the starter's pistol triggers thousands of camera flash bulbs … and precisely 9.69 seconds later a young Jamaican streaks across the finishing line to claim the gold medal and his destiny.

Four days later Bolt claims the 200 metres gold, setting a new world record of 19.30 into the bargain, the night before his 22nd birthday. Then on 22nd August he leads the Jamaican team to more glory in the 4 x 100 metres relay final, in yet another world record time.

Since those heady days of the Beijing Olympics in August 2008, Usain Bolt has lowered both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records once again - to a barely believable 9.58 and 19.19 seconds respectively - as the World Championships in Berlin brought two more gold medals and yet more superlatives.

At a stroke the Jamaican has become the greatest sports star in the world.

9.58 is Usain Bolt's story so far, in his own words, beautifully illustrated with dozens of specially commissioned photographs.

It's about a skinny kid from the parish of Trelawny, where they harvest the best yams in the world. It's about growing up playing cricket and football in the warm Jamaican sun, then discovering that he could run fast, very fast. It's about family, friends and the laid-back Jamaican culture. It's about Auntie Lillian's pork and dumplings and Dad's grocery store in the sleepy village of Sherwood Content. It's about what makes him tick, where he gets his motivation and where he takes his inspiration. It's about the highs and the lows, the dedication and sacrifices required to get to the top. It's about fast food, partying, dancehall music, fast cars and that lightning bolt pose. It's about radiating sport's biggest smile. This is the story of the fastest man on the planet.

About the Author

Usain St Leo Bolt was born in Trelawny, Jamaica, in August 1986.
At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing he won gold in the 100m (9.69 seconds), the 200m (19.30) and the 4x100m relay (37.10), becoming the first man to win three sprinting events at a single Olympics since Carl Lewis in 1984. He also became the first man to set world records in all three at a single Olympics.
At the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 he claimed the sprinting double, and became the first man to hold the 100m and 200m World and Olympic titles at the same time. He broke the world records for both the 100m (9.58) and the 200m (19.19) in the process.
In 2009 he was voted Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, and he also won the BBC's Overseas Sports Personaility of the Year award in both 2008 and 2009.
He lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6949 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (2 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004APA524
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like the book :) 26 Nov 2010
By Stef
I really enjoy reading this book :) I'm not finished yet, but I like the fact that it's written so simply and down to earth. I laugh out loud at some parts and I like that humor is mixed into other topics that are more serious.

I don't have any problems reading this book, as the above review states.. Of course maybe the journalist who wrote it made sure the sentences are complete and understandable, but I don't have any problems believing that the content of the book really comes from Usain Bolt himself and his personal views. I highly recommend this book to anyone, sports-interested or not! :) It's a stunning story that appeals to anyone. If there's someone on this earth who is not into sports, it's me. But I really enjoy this book :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab! 4 Oct 2010
By Vicki
I got this for my brother for christmas. A bit early I know but I wanted to check it would be something he would read. It is! There is lots of pictures to keep his interest but there is so much information. It was delivered about two days after I ordered it so I am very pleased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Usain Bolt:9.58 23 Feb 2012
By mollym
I enjoyed reading this book and the photographs are fascinating. I could visualize Usain speaking as I was reading, not that I know him but from what I have seen on television and you tube. Its claimed it is ghost written, that is neither here nor there because as far I am concerned I got a clearer picture of Usain. It is funny like the man himself and I laughed most of the time. It is very refreshing and if you are from the third world you can really make that connection with everything he is talking about because our circumstances are more or less the same. I am glad I bought it despite some negative comments I saw on the book, it is a treasure I will keep and I think it is worth every penny I spent. The photographs portraying him in various situations just did it for me. I now know where he came from to be what he is and I appreciate the man even more. The book was just my cup of tea.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So hilarious and inspiring read it in one day 13 Feb 2011
Dont know what Green Ocean is talking about in his review. Writtten by British Journalist my foot!!! Why, I felt like Usain was sitting on the couch with me telling me his story!! I was laughing like a mad woman from start to finish of the book, you see I grew up in Jamaica, went to school and worked there and could identify with everthing the man talked about.

The book is very inspiring if anything it inspires you that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and are prepared to put in the work to make your dreams come through. I have already started applying myself from some of the ideas I picked up in this book. You dont have to be an Athlete or even a Jamaican to relate to the book.

Which is probably why it is written in such a refreshing way. Green Ocean may have wanted this book to be wriiten in ''Patois'' or as we say in Jamaica ''Patwah''!!
but did'nt Usain say in the book that when Jamaicans get together and talk Jamaican unless you are Jamaican you will never understand.

People out there buy the book. Di book so sweet mi read it alf in one night(Jamaica talk). The book was so nice I read it all by night fall(English talk)
get my drift?

Once again buy the book and forget any bad reviews . You will not be disappointed.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book over a month a go and I am having real problems reading it. The reason being is that although I do not know Usain Bolt personally I find it very hard to relate what is written in the book to Usain Bolt. The book is actually written by a journalist from The Sun newspaper (apparently he is also responsible for a Rio Ferdinand biography), however according to the inside cover "Usain Bolt morally owns what is written in the book" - or something to this effect. I have no idea what this means. The book is written in the first person - so it's all " I did this.." and "I grew up here.." and "I like this..." etc etc. but I really do question how much of the information that is in this book actually came from the mouth of Usain Bolt and how much was 'ad lib' by The Sun journalist.

The reason why I have such problems with this book is because it is written in very 'high class, British English'. I follow Usain Bolt a lot and I know that he doesn't talk and wouldn't use the words or phrases that are used in this book - he is very down to earth and likes to keep it real. In fact I don't think the average British person talks or uses the phrases that are in this book. And this is why I have had such problems reading the book - it just doesn't 'keep it real', I just do not believe that it is reflective of Usain Bolt.

I may not even finish reading the book because the more I read it, the less I like Usain Bolt - and this is not because of the information in the book or anything to do with Usain Bolt but purely because of the way it has been written. I don't believe it does the man justice at all. I'm actually suprised that Usain allowed this book to be published because it does not keep it real at all - and that's the reason why we love him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars usain bolt book 15 Oct 2010
excellent service provided by store, book arrived very quickly and was in new condition as stated. highly recommend to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into the sprinting phenomenon that is Usain Bolt
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much Jamaican feel about the book as it's written by an English...
What I've read so far is typical of many sports person's biographies. Written by a journalist after interviews with the subject. Read more
Published 11 months ago by SteveB
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Bolt
Great, well presented book. Very good value. Fab pics and easy to read.
We love Bolt and learning about his upbringing is inspirational for me and my young son!!!!
Published 15 months ago by MeeshyBoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome DVD
A very enjoyable viewing of this DVD. lots of good insights into Usain's training , plenty of tips for coaches and seeing different sides to his personality and those... Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. L. Pillai
5.0 out of 5 stars Usain bolt: 9.58
A great read and a insight to a world athlete that will go down in history as one of the greats
Published 19 months ago by darren
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought this as a Christmas present for a friend
Bought this as a Christmas present for a friend who is a HUGE Bolt fan. He loved it, delivery was Quick and it was a bargain.
Published 19 months ago by Fiona M
5.0 out of 5 stars Usains biography
This book is a very good book! :) I think that many people would like this book, especially people who enjoy sport (mainly athletics!!) It is an awesome book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought... a present. The reader seemed to enjoy reading about Bolt's life story, so I'm guessing it is a good read.
Published 20 months ago by Andrew
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