Usain Bolt has posted a seven-second clip of himself running on a track in Kingston, Jamaica on social media, and it has the internet buzzing with rumours he may be planning a return to the world of athletics. This comes on the heels of his seemingly effortless 4.22s 40-yard dash just before Sunday’s Super Bowl game in Atlanta.
Bolt dashed off the sprint for fans at the Super Bowl Experience in Atlanta, tying the record for the fastest NFL Combine 40 set by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross in 2017.
Bolt is 32. He hasn’t raced since falling to the track with a hamstring tear took in the IAAF World Championships 4x100m relay in 2017. He earned a bronze medal in the 100m at the same meet. Bolt briefly pursued a career in soccer, but did not sign a contract and has said he’s finished with the sport.
To compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, though we don’t know the standard yet, Bolt would have to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic trials (likely early next year), and then would probably have to place in the top three. As far as this year’s IAAF World Championships are concerned, most athletes in his position who have not been training and competing regularly would not be ready, but Bolt is hardly typical.
Bolt first competed at the international level at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships in Hungary. Over his career, he has amassed multiple world records, including 9.58 in the 100m, 19.19 in the 200m and his part of the 4x100m relay record of 36.84.