Fast-rising Australian athlete tipped to inherit Usain Bolt's throne

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ATHLETICS Fast-rising Australian athlete tipped to inherit Usain Bolt's throne

Abigael Wafula 08:00 - 31.01.2024

Athletics Australia President Jane Flemming has identified a 16-year-old boy who she believes will turn out to be like Usain Bolt owing to his physique and running style.

Athletics Australia President Jane Flemming has predicted that rising sprint sensation Gout Gout is on track to follow in the footsteps of one of the most successful athletes, Usain Bolt.

As per the Daily Mail, the 16-year-old from Brisbane announced himself to the sporting world last year in April by winning the under-18s 200m at the Australian junior titles in scintillating fashion.

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Gout flashed across the track in just 20.87 seconds to clock a new national record. He shaved off 0.03 seconds from the previous joint national record held by Darren Clark, Paul Greene, and Zane Branco.

“It means a lot because I've been training so much for this. I was really nervous. The gun went, and I was good and I just kept pushing,” the youngster said at the time.

Flemming watched him run and she strongly believes that the youngster has the potential to match Botl, the multiple Olympic and World champion.

“There's a 16-year-old sprinter up in Queensland called Gout Gout, who if I've ever seen anybody run like Usain Bolt and (be) built like him, he is it.

“He's broken our national under-18 record and he is only 16. Have a Google of this guy and watch him run - he is built like Usain Bolt and he runs like him.

“He is (also) running not dissimilar times to what Bolt did at the same age (in Jamaica),” she told 2GB's Wide World of Sports Radio on Monday.

Gout attends the prestigious Ipswich Grammar School in Brisbane. In a 2022 interview with Athletics Australia, his coach Diane Sheppard believes Gout has barely scratched the surface in terms of his potential. 

Gout has also recorded a personal best time of 10.43 in the 100m, showcasing his raw athleticism.