COVID-19: Usain Bolt, retired sprint king, tests positive to virus


Usain Bolt has contracted coronavirus, according to The Sun.

The retired sprint king, who turned 34 on Friday, August 21, 2020, is understood to have taken a test a few days ago which returned positive on Monday, August 24, 2020.

He is said to have gone into self-isolation but as reported by Nationwide Radio XJ, it is unclear if he has been displaying symptoms of the virus.

Bolt celebrated his 34th birthday with a surprise party and the report adds that Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling was in attendance.

Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey was also allegedly there.

Local media did express concern over Bolt’s party amid reports over a lack of face masks although it is unclear if safety precautions were followed or not.

Jamaica has had a confirmed total of 1,413 COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths on the island of around 3 million.

The Jamaican superstar enjoyed his first birthday as a father this year after he and long-time partner Kasi Bennett welcomed their baby girl Olympia Lightning in May.

He took to social media to post an adorable photo holding his daughter over the weekend.

He captioned the post: “Best Birthday Ever.”

Bolt retired from the track after the 2017 World Championships in London after suffering a hamstring injury in his final race.

The 11-time world champion remains the only man in history to win gold medals at three successive Olympics, in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

The Jamaican also holds world records in the 100m and 200m events having clocked 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds respectively at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.


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