Usain Bolt is a man of many talents.
The 30-year-old – his birthday is today – decided to test out his arm after anchoring Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team to gold at the Rio Olympics on Friday. Apparently, Bolt may have a second-calling at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Bolt, who completed the triple-triple, nine gold medals in three Olympic Games, on Friday, was in the Olympic stadium well after his final race to field media requests. Casually, Bolt decided to throw the javelin.
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The lights were off, the crowd had left but Bolt did not disappoint the remaining volunteers and media personnel who were at the stadium. The volunteers cheered him on as he did his run-up to help pump him up.
The throw was just over 50m, which is well below the world-class level but would have placed him sixth at the Jamaican championships. He had no warmup.
After his throw, he requested a formal measurement of the mark, which was granted. Anything for Bolt.
Video of Bolt’s javelin throw
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There was a Canadian medallist in each of Bolt’s three races at the Rio Olympics. Andre De Grasse won bronze in the 100m, silver in the 200m and anchored Canada to the bronze in the 4x100m relay.