Arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time, Usain Bolt will always be remembered for his astronomical achievements in the world of athletics. The Jamaican sprinter won multiple Olympic gold medals in London, Beijing and Rio to etch his name in the history books and create a legacy that is unlikely to be overhauled anytime soon.
But, post his retirement, while we might never see the legendary sprinter in action, there appears to be a new sprint king in town who is now being hailed as the next Bolt.
Rudolph 'Blaze' Ingram is 1.5 seconds closer to following in the footsteps of Bolt as the fastest man on earth and he's only seven years old. The youngster had sent shockwaves across the globe after completing a 100-meter race in a mere 14.59 seconds last August. But, as per a new clip shared on social media, the seven-year-old seems to have taken his sprints to a new level.View this post on Instagram
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In the clip posted on the Florida boy's Instagram page, the youngster can be seen completing the 100-meter race in 13.48 seconds, including a 60-meter dash in just 8.69 seconds. Bolt recorded the fastest human speed (on foot) during his 9.58-second sprint in Berlin in 2009 when he moved at a rapid rate of 44.72 km/h, covering the 20-meter distance between 60m and 80m in 1.61 seconds.
While it's not clear at what speeds exactly Ingram darted across the track in his recent sprint as he donned blue and orange Nike sneakers and a kit featuring the flame of a fire (befitting to his nickname 'Blaze'), the seven-year-old undeniably outdid his peers.View this post on Instagram
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Apart from his insane sprinting abilities, Ingram also boasts of a winner's mentality. In one of the pictures uploaded on his official Instagram page, the youngster can be seen sporting a serious look on his face as he got set in position for one of the sprints. But, it was the caption, "My Father Told Me (@ftf_kool) That You Win Mentally Before You Win Physically I'm #1 Before The Race Start," that highlights his unperturbed attitude.View this post on Instagram
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While he is undoubtedly the fastest seven-year-old in the world, Ingram is also giving the long-limbed adults a run for their money. The young gun has also shared the moments on Instagram when he left his older competitors behind on the track.
But, that's not all. Apart from leaving his rivals (across different age groups) red-faced on the track, the Florida boy is also a social media influencer, fitness model and three-time Amateur Athletic Union winner with Tampa Ravens. And, if you thought, this kid is all about extracurricular activities, then check out his February report card.View this post on Instagram
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"Work hard in class and on the field," an Instagram image of his report card for the month of February is captioned. It shows Ingram claiming A grades for Science, Introduction to Computers, Music and Physical Education, plus B grades for Language Arts, Social Studies and Art at Cahoon Elementary School in Tampa.
While majority of the seven-year-old's we know don't have any clue about their life goals and aspirations, but this kid, on the back of his astronomical capabilities - both in sports and academics, is destined for greatness.