Sport Athletics ‘You will see the real me’: Usain Bolt’s promise

‘You will see the real me’: Usain Bolt’s promise

Bolt takes viewers behind the scenes in his documentary. Photo: Universal Pictures
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It has been a big year for Usain Bolt.

Not only did he become the first man to win the 100m at three different Olympic Games, he also made history by being the first athlete to complete the 100m-200m-4x100m sprints at three successive Games.

Bolt’s performances in Rio de Janeiro solidified his place as one of sport’s all-time greats and will ensure his legacy lives on for many years to come.

The Jamaican’s next big move is to release a documentary about himself, which hits cinemas worldwide on November 28.

Titled I Am Bolt, the documentary takes viewers behind the scenes and is filmed in locations like Beijing, London, Germany and, of course, Jamaica.

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The promotional poster for the documentary. Photo: Universal Pictures

And Bolt promises an accurate representation of his life in the documentary, which will premiere in London’s Leicester Square next month.

“My aim with making this film is to show people how my life really is,” he said.

“[I want to show] what I’ve been through to get me where I am today, the ups and downs and an insight into what I am thinking and feeling.

“I know a lot of people around the world feel like they know me already.

“But I’m excited for everyone to see the real me in I Am Bolt.”

The cast is star-studded, with football stars Pele and Neymar featuring alongside tennis icon Serena Williams and Bolt’s fellow sprinters Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell.

A brief trailer has been unveiled by Universal Pictures, whetting the appetite for November’s release.

Watch the trailer below:

A rare insight

While Bolt presents an extremely confident character – both in his athletics pursuits and off-field – I Am Bolt is set to reveal a different side of the record-breaker.

The 30-year-old admits in the trailer that in 2016, he was full of doubts, as he looked to defend his 100m crown.

“I’m the type of person – I get nervous before my first race,” he says in the trailer.

“Every year I worry, am I still fast?

“This year I’ve said ‘I’m having doubts, I’m not motivated’, but then everything changed.”

Bolt had no problem winning the marquee event at this year’s Olympic Games, storming home to win in 9.81 seconds.

He told the Seven Network afterwards it was “the biggest” win of his career.

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Bolt speaks following a run. Photo: Universal Pictures

The documentary also promises to focus on Bolt’s low points and his upbringing in Jamaica.

A release promoting the film says that with “unparalleled access to all facets of his life on and off track, audiences will see for the very first time what being Usain Bolt is really like – from his gruelling training schedule, major setbacks and challenges he faces in order to achieve his dreams on the global stage to his downtime with friends and family”.

Viewers can also expect “archive footage from Usain’s youth, in-depth interviews with those closest to him – his parents, best friends, agent, coach and fellow athletes – and fascinating footage shot by the man himself.”

The documentary will be released in Australia on November 28.

Bolt is due Down Under later this year to spend time with his friend and former athlete, John Steffensen.

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