It was announced this past week that Usain Bolt has signed a personal endorsement deal with All Nippon Airways (APA). The airline is an official partner with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. By tying their name with one of the most successful names in the Olympics in recent memory should prove beneficial to both Bolt and APA.
The Kingston, Jamaica native, Usain Bolt, was originally pointed to track by his cricket coach, a former Olympic sprinter, Pablo McNeil. Bolt won his first annual high school championship medal in 2001 in the 200 meter. He made his first appearance on the world stage in 2001 as well in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary in which he did not qualify for finals but improved his personal best in the 200 meter to 21.73 seconds. When Bolt went on to the CARIFTA Games the same year he began his trend of setting records by setting the championship records in the 200 meter and 400 meter races. By 2002, Bolt had grown to six foot five inches tall at the young age of 15. That same year, Bolt went to the World Junior Championships where he won the gold in the 200 meter, which made him the youngest world-junior gold medalist ever. The following year, Bolt returned to the CARIFTA Games and began hoarding gold medals by winning four gold medals and taking home the Austin Sealy Trophy awarded to the most outstanding athlete at the games. In 2004 Bolt turned professional and participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics but was hampered by a leg injury and was eliminated in the first round of the 200 meter event. The following two years was much of the same with Bolt again showing promise but that promise hampered with injuries. In 2007 it all started to come together for Bolt when he began running the 100 meter race and in 2008, Bolt ran the 100 meter in 9.76 seconds, the second fastest ever recorded in the history of the event. Later that year however, Bolt set the new world record in the event by running it in a quick 9.72 seconds. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bolt was a heavy favorite to win the 100 meter and 200 meter events and didn’t disappoint. He not only won gold in both events but set new world records in both as well becoming the first to do so since Jamaican Don Quarrie held both and Bolt was the first to hold both since the introduction of electronic timing. Bolt also helped the Jamaican team take home the gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay as well. Four years later at the London Olympics, Bolt repeated in all three events becoming the first sprinter ever to repeat in the 100 meter and 200 meter events at the Olympics.
It was announced this past week that Usain Bolt has signed an endorsement deal with All Nippon Airways also called APA. The partnership should be positive for both parties and with tying their name to Bolt, All Nippon Airways has connected itself with what many believe is the greatest sprinter in the history of the Olympics.
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