FILE – On this Aug. 18, 2016, file picture, Usain Bolt, from Jamaica, celebrates successful the gold medal within the males’s 200-meter closing through the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer time Olympics on the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will probably be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at BBC Sports activities Persona of the 12 months.
Bolt, 36, retired in August 2017 and is broadly thought to be the best sprinter in historical past. Bolt is the world document holder of each the 100m and 200m.
Bolt was topped Olympic 100m and 200m champion at three successive Video games – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Bolt attributes his success to exhausting work.
“I am residing proof that in the event you work exhausting, you may get something you need,” Bolt stated throughout an interview with BBC Sport.
“One factor my dad taught me was if you need one thing, work exhausting for it. He confirmed me by working exhausting to supply for me, my mum and my sister, so when he advised me, I believed it. Simply be targeted and work in direction of it,” he stated.
His first world medals (silvers within the 200m and 4x100m) got here in Osaka in 2007 – a championship Bolt credit with “opening his eyes” to the exhausting work required for him to achieve success. A false begin within the 100m in Daegu 4 years later provided him one other reminder to maintain targeted on his targets.
“Every little thing occurs for a purpose,” he stated.
“I may have gone to Daegu and received after which false-started on the Olympics. It jogged my memory to stay to what I knew. It saved me targeted and saved me going,” he added.
Bolt selected to retire after the 2017 World Championships in London, the place he ended his gold-studded profession with bronze within the males’s 100m.
Reflecting on his athletics profession, Bolt stated he felt he completed all he needed in his sport.
“It’s a nice feeling to know that with the dedication and sacrifice that I put in I may accomplish what I needed to. I attempt to inspire individuals by telling them to consider in themselves,” he stated.
Earlier winners of the BBC Sports activities Persona of the 12 months Lifetime Achievement award embody Billie Jean King, Pele, Bobby Charlton, Tanni Gray-Thompson, David Beckham, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Chris Hoy and final 12 months’s recipient Simone Biles.
BBC Sports activities Persona of the 12 months takes place on Wednesday, 21 December at MediaCityUK in Salford.