Faster than Lightning: My Autobiography Hardcover – 12 Sep 2013
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Thank you Mr. Bolt for putting pen to paper.
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.
Yohan Blake won both the 100m and 200m at the Jamaican Olympic trials for London. Usain Bolt finished only second and he was vexed. A few days later, while watching the race on TV, he noted something that gave him "such a fury": "the kid was running to the stands and celebrating in front of the bleachers. A finger was pressed on his lips Ssshhhhh! It seemed to me like he was telling the rest of the field to keep quiet - me included. (...) That one gesture had got my engine running. In an instant, I was psyched, revved up. Every step I made on the track after that evening on the sofa came from a place of pride, because I was training for Blake as well as the defense of my Olympic titles. I wanted to show up in London and prove to him and the world that I was a champion."
Usain Bolt starts his book recounting a serious car accident where he nearly lost his life. "This accident was the realization that my life had been saved by somebody else, and I didn't mean the designer of my airbag, or the car's seat belts. instead, a higher power had kept me alive. God Almighty. I took the accident to be a message from above, a sign that I'd been chosen to become The Fastest Man on Earth.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really well written by whoever ghost-wrote this book, and a lot of insight from Usain on all aspects of athletics.Published 9 days ago by M. Neal
Ok book to read, was expecting better, but a good read none the less!Published 3 months ago by pingu
A fascinating insight into the life of a very special athlete. Amazing talent brought alive by sheer hard work. Such a lovely man too.Published 10 months ago by Jeanette Sudbury
I highly recommend this book as it gives fantastic insights to the man that I never knew about! It is also a great read an it was hard to put the book down once I started!Published 10 months ago by Stuart Titchmarsh
Quick delivery as usual. Bought this due to interest and to get my son to read a book. He really enjoyed the book and even relayed some interesting information to us.Published 10 months ago by Marian
A good read, from humble beginnings to a world record holder well done.Published 11 months ago by Mr Thomas Mcmenemy