Social distancing is the need of the hour as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause havoc around the world with the global death toll crossing 1,19,600-mark. In these troubled times, Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, provided some comic relief to fans with his take on “social distancing”. His post on Twitter, which had a picture of him crossing the finish line ahead of his competitors at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, quickly went viral on the social media platform, garnering over 1.5K comments, over 90K retweets and close to 510K likes.

Fans came up with hilarious memes in the comments section.

On August 16, 2008, Usain Bolt clocked 9.69 in the 100 metres at the Beijing Olympics.

It was on that day Bolt ran the race of his life and broke the 100-metre world record (9.72 seconds) and the Olympic record (9.84 seconds) with ease by clocking 9.69 seconds.

Apart from winning the 100-metre race in 2008, the Jamaican sprinter also won the 200-metre and 4×100-metre in world record times. Four years later at the 2012 London Olympics, he followed this up with three more gold medals in the same events.

At the Rio Olympics, he emulated the feat yet again to complete another triple and cement his place as a legend.

Other than from the eight Olympics gold medals, he has 11 World Championships titles.

However, the Jamaican sprint king’s illustrious career ended on a disappointing note after he pulled up with a hamstring injury in the last 50 metres of the 4x100m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.


Bolt collapsed on the track, as the British, American and Japanese teams soared ahead to secure their first-, second- and third-place podium spots, respectively.

Since retiring from athletics, Bolt, a Manchester United fan, attempted to launch a career in football, and had a trial with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners before contract talks failed.

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