Usain Bolt’s Olympic career is over and he has completed the triple treble winning nine gold medals over three games. Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro have witnessed the greatest track star of all time.
He is irreplaceable nobody brings the dazzling pace of the Jamaican or the entertainment value of the fastest man alive. These five are the closest we currently have to the unbelievable, unforgettable Usain Bolt.
- Yohan Blake (Jamaica)
Blake is the oldest of the athletes mentioned at 26 and he has plenty of experience behind him not least the fact he beat Usain Bolt four years ago at the Olympic trials clocking an impressive 9.69 time faster than Bolt’s winning time this year.
Blake has been plagued by injury over the last four years. In London he won silver twice behind Bolt and was part of the relay team. He dropped to fourth this year (in the 100 metres) as Gatlin and De Grasse claimed medals and could only manage a time of 9.93 but he is some way off his best.
2. Andre De Grasse (Canada)
Very much the up and coming star of athletics at just 21 he has time on his side. De Grasse claimed two medals in Rio bronze in the 100 metres (9.91) and silver in the 200 metres (20.02).
His personal best in both distances came in Rio his 9.91 100 metre time and his semi-final 19.8 time were the best he has ever run. The best is yet to come from the Canadian.
3. Adam Gemili (Great Britain)
The 22 year old was unlucky to finish the 200 metres without a medal as Frenchman Le Maitre bagged third three thousandths of a second ahead of Gemili. He was just off his best at Rio but 4th is an improvement on 5th at the World Championships in Moscow.
The 200 metre is certainly his better discipline despite setting a time of 9.97 for the 100 metres in Birmingham last year.
4. Trayvon Bromell (United States of America)
Bromell is also still young at the age of 21 and he is surely destined for big things. The sprinter won the IAAF Indoor Championships 60 meters earlier this year and is consistently clocking sub-10 in the 100 metres.
Running 10.06 in the Olympics was some way off his 9.74 best that he ran in Oregon in July with his best 200 metres time of 20.03 which had he run that in the Olympics it would have won him a bronze medal.
5. Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa)
Announced himself on the world athletics scene dramatically at the Olympics. Being more of a 400 metre runner the South African has now won both the Olympics (43.03) and the World Championships (43.38).
However Van Niekerk could turn his attentions to shorter races in future with impressive times in the 100 metres his personal best being 9.98 which came in Bloemfontein in March. He also has clocked 19.94 in the 200 metres last year which had he run that in the Olympic final would have seen him get the silver medal.
All these athletes are outstanding talents and look set to dominate the athletics stage over the coming years as Usain Bolt and the older generation begin to retire but it is clear nobody will easily match the accomplishments of the great Usain Bolt.