What’s a sports superstar to do after shattering his own two world records and giving new meaning to the words “phenom” and “sensation?” Nab the cover of Sports Illustrated, of course! Following his track-blazing exploits at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany, last week, Jamaica’s sprint powerhouse Usain Bolt has scored the cover of renowned American sports magazine, Sports Illustrated.
The 23-year-old Bolt, who sped to world record times of 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds to win the sprint double for men in Germany, will be featured on the cover of the magazine’s September issue dubbed “September Heat,” which hits newsstands today (Friday, August 31).
Bolt is the first track and field athlete since Marion Jones in October 2000 to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. Among the non-American athletes to appear on the cover of the magazine are Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena (September 1977) and Britain’s former 1,500 metre world record holder Sebastian Coe (1980).