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FILE PHOTO: Usain Bolt visits the remodeled Atletico de la VIDENA Stadium for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo


July 15, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |

The fastest man alive, Bolt trained at Brunel a number of times over his career, including lead up to the 2012 London Olympics, where his world-beating performances scooped him three gold medals and cemented his place as the greatest sprinter of all time.

Accepting his award, Bolt told the gathered graduates at Brunel’s Indoor Athletics Centre in Uxbridge “I want to say to the graduates, hard work does pay off, just remember that the road won’t be easy, there will be ups and downs and you will fail.  But always remember, learn from your failure and try again.  Never give up on your dream because as a young man, I never knew I’d be this great.  Always work hard, dedicate yourself and remember, anything is possible, don’t take limits”.

Bolt, although retired, still holds the 100m and 200m world records and a share of the 4 x 100 m record, which he helped set after preparing at Brunel in 2012.

His 100m world record, set in Berlin in 2009, is still over a tenth of a second faster than the second fastest person’s best ever time and nearly two-tenths of a second faster than 2002’s fastest sprinter.

Bolt, who was made a Doctor of University or DUniv, was welcomed by Prof Costas Karageorghis, Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Brunel.

In 2011, Bolt received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of the West Indies, Mona.  He was also offered an honorary doctorate for distinction in sport from the Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2010.

The official title of the fastest man alive, who is also a recipient of Jamaica’s fourth and fifth highest honors, the Order of Jamaica and the Order of Distinction, is Dr the Honourable Ambassador Usain Bolt, OJ, CD.

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