Sprint King and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt who was put on quarantine from the past few days on Monday tested positive for the coronavirus.
Hours after he posted a video on social media saying he was waiting to hear back on his results, Jamaica’s health ministry confirmed that the test results of the world’s fastest human came back positive.
Stay Safe my ppl 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ebwJFF5Ka9
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 24, 2020
The news came as a jolt to many celebrities and fellow athletes who attended the lavish, mask-free party organised by Usain to celebrate his 34th birthday. While a few accused him of carelessness for organising a party during the pandemic, social media flooded with messages wishing for his speedy recovery.
The only sprinter to have won the 100-metre and 200-metre golds at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016), Bolt said he did not have any symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Bolt retired from athletics in 2017.