Usain Bolt broke 100m world record with untied shoelaces and was fuelled by McDonald’s chicken nuggets at 2008 Beijing Olympics, but now a new generation of sprinters are going for gold in Tokyo

The men’s 100 metres at the Olympic Games just won’t feel the same without Usain Bolt.

The legendary sprinter won gold in three consecutive Olympics – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 – smashing records and making history in the process.

Bolt won gold at three different Olympic Games
Bolt retired from athletics in 2017

Bolt retired from athletics after the 2017 World Championships, where he won bronze in his final solo 100m race but then pulled up in his last ever contest in the 4x100m relay final.

After refusing a wheelchair, he hobbled across the finish line alongside his teammates – but, despite his legendary career ending in heartbreak, Bolt will go down as one of the track’s greatest ever competitors.

The Jamaican made a name for himself as a 21-year-old at the Beijing Olympics when he set a new world record – 9.69 seconds – in the men’s 100m race.

It was an even more impressive feat considering he did it with his shoelaces untied!

Bolt finished so clear of his competitors that he pumped his chest while crossing the finishing line and had he not done that, a better final time would have been recorded.

During his time in Beijing, Bolt revealed he was fuelled by CHICKEN NUGGETS because he thought Chinese food tasted ‘odd’.

Bolt blew the competition away in Beijing

In his autobiography, Faster than Lightning, Bolt wrote: “At first I ate a box of 20 for lunch, then another for dinner.

“The next day I had two boxes for breakfast, one for lunch and then another couple in the evening. I even grabbed some fries and an apple pie to go with it.”

Bolt estimated he ate 1,000 of McDonald’s chicken nuggets during the Beijing Olympics.

So it’s a good thing they were free, with a McDonald’s restaurant in the Olympic village serving complimentary food for athletes.

The 34-year-old made history once more a year later when he set another record in the men’s 100m with a time of 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships.

Bolt’s iconic celebration will never be forgotten

Along with his three Olympic 100m victories, Bolt also won three gold medals in the 200m races – he’s the only sprinter to win gold medals in both distances in three consecutive Games.

He also won two 4x100m relay golds and holds the world record in all three disciplines.

No wonder is considered one the greatest Olympians in history.

Now, United States’ Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley and Ronnie Baker, Canada’s Andre de Grasse, South Africa’s Akani Simbine, and fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake are the serious contenders to take Bolt’s 100m crown.

Yohan Blake has a chance to finally get an individual gold medal after years of competing under the shadow of Bolt

The athletics events at Tokyo Games are in full swing this weekend, with the men’s 100m the one all fans will be tuning into and where a new global star can emerge.

The preliminary races were held on Saturday, before the final takes place a day later on Sunday where a new gold medalist with be crowned.

And the athletes involved will surely be thankful they haven’t got an in-prime Bolt to chase.

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