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Publication in France:
09 November 2017

336 pages

Bolt – A Reluctant Messiah

Nicolas Herbelot

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The biography of the greatest champion in athletics history by the journalist he is closest to.

The only athlete to have won nine Olympic gold medals finally hung up his spikes in the summer of 2017. It was not only a legend in the athletics world who was retiring from the stage, but also the saviour of a sport which had been in the doldrums after a swath of doping, fraud and corruption scandals. For many years, Bolt has been the sole genuine planetary star of the blue ribbon Olympic sport – a sport in crisis, whose media image and economic fortunes he has single-handedly kept aloft.


Nicolas Herbelot is a leading reporter at the newspaper L’Équipe. Usain Bolt never starts a press conference without making sure that he is already in the room.