Bolt celebrates 15-year anniversary of first world record
Usain Bolt crosses the finish line in 9.72 secs to set anew the 100m world record at the Reebok Grand Prixin New York on May 31, 2008. (Photo: Paul Reid)

On this day in 2008, Usain Bolt set the world record in the 100 metres with a time of 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York.

Bolt’s time was .02 seconds faster than the old record held by fellow Jamaican, Asafa Powell.

It was just the start of the then 22-year-old’s sprint dominance, and he would go on to lower the 100m world record two more times - 9.69 seconds, just months later at the Beijing Olympics to win gold, and then 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships, which still stands up to this day.

On Wednesday, Bolt acknowledged the anniversary on social media by posting a video of the race with the caption, “May 31,2008 #FactsnotOpinion”.

In a follow up post, he posted a photo of himself competing in the race with the caption, “Call me legend and me nuh pass 40 #History #FactsnotOpinion.”

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