Usain Bolt: Lightning Bolt

Usain Bolt is the man no-one can catch. Back in 2008, the fastest man in the world smashed the field to win the 100m final at the Beijing Olympics, setting a new world record.

The Jamaican was well clear at the 60m mark and although he eased down and started to celebrate before the line, he still set a new world record of 9.69 seconds.

He said at the time: “My one aim was just to be a champion. That is what I came here to do.”

“I told you I was going to be number one and I did just that. I got a great start.

I was getting good starts all the way up to the final. I was getting better and better.”

2008 was his breakout season and began with his first world record performance - a 100m world record of 9.72s—and culminated in world and Olympic records in both the 100m and 200m events at the Olympics.

He became the first man to win three sprinting events at a single Olympics since Carl Lewis in 1984, and the first man to set world records in all three at a single Olympics.

But it was his 100m race that was truly remarkable, dominating a field that included countryman and previous world-record holder Asafa Powell, with a run described by American athletics legend Michael Johnson as “the greatest 100m performance in the history of the event”.

Bolt will be looking to turn in another dominant performance in London this year and defend his hard-earned gold medals from Beijing.