WORLD’S BEST ATHLETES
Athletics is a combination of sports such as running, jumping, walking and throwing. These exercises appeared in ancient times, however, the Olympic Games, which took place in Ancient Greece from 776 BC, are considered the official start of such competitions. Athletics, like any other sport, has its own heroes. Of course, each time has its own names and records, and therefore we will talk about the best athletes in the world of the twenty-first century.
The most famous athlete of recent years is Usain Bolt – a Jamaican sprinter. He was born in August 1986. The athlete won his first victory in 2002 at the World Championship among juniors. Then Usain won two silver awards and one gold. In 2003, at the World Youth Championships, he also won gold. The 2007 Jamaican championship brought Bolt a national record: the athlete covered 200 meters in 19.75, surpassing the previous record by 0.11 seconds. May 31, 2008 at the Reebok Grand Prix, held in New York, he ran a hundred-meter race in 9.72 seconds – setting a new world record.
The next record was set on August 16 at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, then Usain ran 100 meters in 9.69. On August 20, another world record was broken and another medal of the highest dignity was earned – the athlete covered the distance of 200 meters in 19.30 seconds, which is 0.02 seconds less than the practically eternal result of Michael Johnson. Well, on August 22, he won the third gold medal in Beijing as part of the 4×100 relay, breaking another Olympic and world record. In May 2009, Bolt took part in a 150-meter street race in Manchester and again set a world record of 14.35 seconds. The last recorded result at such a distance was the Italian Mennea record – 14.8. On August 16 of that year, at the World Championships, Usain improved his records at distances of 200 and 100 meters by 11 hundredths of a second each. The 2011 World Cup brought the athlete one more gold in the two hundred meters and as part of the relay team improved the world record to 37.04 seconds. All these achievements suggest that it is not in vain that Bolt is on the first line of the rating of the International Association of Athletics Federation, because he is simply phenomenal athlete.
Elena Isinbaeva is a Russian athlete who performs in the pole vault discipline. She was born in 1982, June 3. Until the age of 15, Elena was engaged in gymnastics, and then she was expelled as unpromising. At that moment, her coach saw pole vaulter performances and showed the girl to the athlete’s trainer. Six months later, Isinbayeva won the World Youth Games in Moscow. In 1999, she won the title of World Junior Champion, taking a height of 4.10 m. In 2000, she won again, but with a result of 4.20 meters, then pole vaults were included in the Olympic program. The year 2001 was marked by a world record among juniors – 4.46 meters, and it was installed at the International Festival in Berlin. In July 2003, at the Athletics Athletics Games in Gateshead, the athlete set a new world record – 4.82 meters. At the stage of the Grand Prix series in Monaco, July 30, 2008, another record was 5.04 meters. At the Beijing Olympics on August 18, 2008, Elena set both a world record (5.05) and an Olympic record (4.95). In 2009, at the international competition “Zepter” two world achievements were achieved indoors – 4.97 and 5.00 meters. In the same year, in August, the jumper set her 27 world record – 5.06 meters. 2010 was not very successful for Isinbayeva, and she decided to take a break. At the beginning of 2011, the athlete decided to return and performed at the Russian Winter tournament, winning it with the best season in the world. The Stockholm Grand Prix, held on February 23, 2012, brought Elena a new world result – 5.01 meters indoors.
Kenenisa Bekele is a famous Ethiopian runner at a distance of 3,000 to 10,000 meters. Born June 13, 1982. The athlete began to run back in early childhood, since his school was 10 km from home. First, he spent an hour on the road, then 40 minutes, and then improved the result to half an hour. In 2002, Kenenisa took first place at the 4 and 12 km cross-country world championships. In 2003 he became World Champion at a distance of 10 kilometers. In 2004, the athlete submitted a distance of 10,000 meters at the Olympic Games. Then he broke the world record for 5 and 10 km. The athlete has the following achievements in his piggy bank: he is a three-time Olympic champion, an eleven-time world champion in cross-country, and a winner of the Golden League competitions in the 5 km race in 2006 and 2009. Universal track and field athlete – as Bekele is called, he can run both on rough terrain and on a track, and there are no equal to him yet.